A former assistant band director at Red River High, Mayor of Powhatan, and area musician for many years died on Thursday. Hardrick Rivers was 65. He will be remembered most for his wailing sax and many appearances with his group at area festivals.
One side of Rivers the students at Red River High experienced for a number of years was his gentle demeanor and love of teaching youngsters music. He was assistant band director at the high school and a fixture in the old Strother Stadium on Friday nights leading the Bulldog Band.
School Superintendent Alison Strong remembered Rivers, “He brought such joy and energy to our band program during his tenure in Red River Parish. Our students were blessed to have been instructed by such a talented man!” Strong added, “On behalf of Red River Parish Schools, I extend my heartfelt prayers to the Rivers Family.”
Former Red River Band Director Yasmine Grayson said his students loved him. “He was patient and taught the beginners and advanced group. He not only would teach them music concepts but would stop and give them some tidbits of wisdom. I never heard him fuss or yell at anyone,” added Grayson.
Grayson recalled his personal kindness. She said, “He bought lunch for me every day. We would talk about music every day in between classes. He took on working and did a slew of side gigs at the same time. He definitely was a hard worker. A truly great man and musician.”
Funeral arrangements for Rivers are pending at the time of this publication.
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