Music and Mardi Gras
1. Pictured here is singer/musician Del McCoury when he served as Grand Marshal of an impromptu march through the French Quarter by the Preservation Hall Jazz band on Mardi Gras 2011. What type of music does McCoury play?
D. Rock and roll
2. McCoury and his band have played with the Preservation Hall band several times. What do the two types of music have in common?
A. They both use only brass
B. They both originated in New
C. They both have Southern roots.
D. They both originated after the
3. Rex is the king of the New Orleans Carnival. His theme song is considered to be the anthem of Mardi Gras. What is it?
A. “The Saints”
B. “If Ever I Cease to Love”
C. “While We Danced at the
D. “Louisiana Carnival Day”
4. Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland Byrd) was best known for his R&B recording about Mardi Gras in New Orleans. In what town was Byrd born?
5. Which song would be authentic to the Cajun Mardi Gras?
A. “Lache Pas La Patate”
B. “Gumbo Ya-Ya”
C. “La Danse de Mardi Gras”
D. “Jolie Blonde”
6. At society balls this music is frequently played during the presentation of royalty.
A. “The Halleluiah Chorus” from
B. “We Are the Champions”
C. “The 1812 Overture”
D. “The Grand March” from Aida
7. Your friend wants to start a tribe of Mardi Gras Indians so that he can open a casino one day. He doesn’t understand the real origin of the Indians. What is it?
A. They emerged from the black
neighborhoods of New Orleans
B. They were founded by a group of
Cherokee tribesmen who had
been displaced to New Orleans
C. They were started by Cajuns
trying to hide their identity from
D. They were founded by immigrants
8. This classic Mardi Gras R&B song mentions a type of dance. What is it?
A. “Carnival Bossa Nova”
B. “Mardi Gras Mambo”
C. “Rex Rhumba”
D. “Gemini Glide”
9. Since he plans to start his own tribe your friend figures he should learn Mardi Gras Indian songs. Which of the following is not one
B. “Spirits of the Sky”
C. “Big Chief”
D. “Meet Me Down on the
10. Played by many marching bands, this song is informally known as the “Hey Song” because of the frequent replies from the crowd shouting, “Hey!” What is the song’s real name?
A. “Make Hey While the Sun Shines”
B. “March Times”
C. “Rock and Roll, Part 2”
D. “Evolution Part A”
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