This post was written by my colleague Lauren Pick:
An enthusiastic Michelle Obama greeted glee club members from Washington DC's Miner Elementary School Sunday for a preview of tonight's Governors' Ball featuring Harry Connick, Jr.
Her take-home message to the students, as she explained in her introduction of Connick and his band, was the importance of community service.
"These guys aren't just playing music and earning money and performing, but they're community leaders, too. And that's really important for you guys, too, because it's not just if you can sing and dance, but what do you give back?"
Connick spoke to the students about his love of music and his hometown of New Orleans, and how he wasn’t going to let Hurricane Katrina steal music from a city that thrived on it. Along with fellow musician Branford Marsalis, he helped to restore the music culture of New Orleans through Musicians' Village, a branch of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. Eighty percent of the people living in Musicians' Village are musicians themselves, Connick said.
"Our city is based on tradition. Without music in our culture, that tradition would be lost," Connick said. "So this is a really important step."
One student was invited on stage to perform "When the Saints go Marching In" with Connick and his band. When the band finished performing, the entire glee club took the stage and sang "Heat Wave" by Martha and the Vandellas.
The First Lady briefly mentioned "Let's Move," her recently announced initiative to combat childhood obesity, telling the kids the point was to "make sure all you guys grow up healthy, eating your vegetables, exercising and that the entire nation is helping you do that."
While Obama's message was lighter than most topics to come out of the White House, she did make one new announcement. The First Lady will officially wear white at Sunday's Governors' Ball.