Connick, Jr.: 'When the Saints Go Marching In'

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February 21, 2010, 4:21 pm

(NECN: Washington, D.C.) - Brimming with joy over his hometown Saints' Super Bowl victory, jazz musician Harry Connick, Jr. and his band played a rendition of When the Saints Go Marching In at the White House on Sunday.

Connick, Jr. and his band, made up mostly of musicians from New Orleans, will be the entertainment for the annual Governors' Ball hosted by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

"If you all know the words to this one, you don't have to be a Saints fan -- but you can sing along anyway; I think you know the words," Connick, Jr. said, attempting to get the entire room of Washington, D.C.-area students to burst into song.

He even pulled on student on stage to teach him the words, handing over the microphone before manning the piano.  The student did an admirable job, considering the stage on which he was singing.

Prior to putting on this mini-show, Connick, Jr. thanked both Mr. and Mrs. Obama for writing personal checks to the Musicians' Village, part of the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity rebuilding effort following the devastation Hurricane Katrina.  It provides homes for the city's musicians, preserving the rich musical tradition of the Big Easy.

"Imagine a city that didn't have its music; it's sort of like a person who didn't have its soul," Mrs. Obama said, noting the efforts undertaken by Connick, Jr. in conceiving the idea of the Musicians' Village as a way to preserve New Orleans' soul.  "For that, we are very grateful for you, Harry."

The New Orleans Saints won Super Bowl XLIV 31-17 over the Indianapolis Colts.

"But we still like him okay.  His football team is the worst football team, the St. Louis Rams; whereas the New Orleans Saints this year are the best football team," Connick, Jr. said to laughter.

St. Louis, owner of the worst NFL record in 2009, holds the number one overall draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.  The Saints, by contrast, hold the final pick in the first round as Super Bowl champions.

Tags: saints, White House, New Orleans, Harry Connick Jr.
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