New Orleans is filled with great musicians, but when I think of those that made a contribution to the culture beyond their ability to play music, Mr. Hamp always comes first in my mind. Mr. Hamp is best known as the creator and founder of the world famous St. Augustine Marching 100.
As a gradate of St. Augustine High School I can never over look or forget his unyielding desire to strive for excellence. This man was a GIANT in the community .
He was responsible for the integration of the all white carnival organizations and gave countless young men an opportunity to find greatness within themselves. I'm honored to have known him.