District One's Manigo to stay

Award-winning Hampton District One Band Director Ervin Manigo announced he will not be leaving the district.

Despite an earlier announcement he would be leaving the Hampton County school system, award-winning Hampton District One Band Director Ervin Manigo confirmed with the Guardian that he will return to the district and teach music to district students during the 2017-18 school year.

“The kids kind of lured me back, saying that they are ready for some more challenges and are ready to execute my instructions. We are hoping to have a wonderful year,” he stated.

“I would hope that the message that I am sending through my actions is that I care about those individuals [students] and what they wish to accomplish is what I am all about; hoping to help them find their dreams and accomplish their goals, he said. “I love the rewards of my job; one of many is being a positive influence in young lives.”

Numerous WHHS band members have spent their summer vacations preparing for the upcoming school year’s football and competition performances. This year’s performance theme is “Life-Scape”, which will have band members depicting themes of thrilling activities which add excitement to life, such as skiing or skydiving. 

According to Manigo, students who participate in band programs learn responsibility, leadership, organization skills and learn to set and accomplish personal goals. Split second decision making skills are gained by musicians, as well as aiding students in the ability to perform well in different subject areas while in school.

The Red Guardsman band will begin performing at school football games beginning Aug. 18 as the Red Devils battle Manning during the season opening. The Red Guardsman will also announce their 2017-18 competition season schedule in the coming weeks; look for scheduling information in future editions of The Guardian.

Many band members volunteered to spend grueling hours in the simmering sun at WHHS over their summer breaks perfecting their musical and marching skills. Photographs by Matt Popovich, the Guardian.