The Final Four was a long advertisement for New Orleans, Louisiana, and the city once again came to a head with the national anthem ahead of Monday night’s national title game between Kansas and North Carolina. .
Tarriona “Tank” Ball of “Tank and the Bangas” was joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in a jazzy rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner at Caesars Superdome.
Tank and the band easily navigated a notoriously difficult song to perform, especially for singers.
New Orleans >>> pic.twitter.com/QwgrXF32F8
— Tyler Greever (@Tyler_Greever) April 5, 2022
Just about anything can quickly become polarized when it comes to issues like the national anthem, but the reaction on Twitter has been overwhelmingly positive.
The real anthem doesn’t want to see the NOLA one in the first round, that’s all I have to say.
—Khari Thompson (@_KhariThompson) April 5, 2022
legally, the national anthem can only be performed by marching bands now, 10 seconds ago, it’s the law
— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) April 5, 2022
#ncaam final square. IMO, it was a fun and fabulous version of our national anthem. Well done Nola!
— Peggi Martinelli (@peggi913) April 5, 2022
Tank and the Bangas just won the national title with this national anthem.
They should play this version when we win gold medals at the Olympics
— M White (@PJMatt) April 5, 2022
Tank and the Bangas really just sang the national anthem but added the New Orleans sound and I never want to hear that song any other way again 😍
— cali_lawrence (@Cali__Lawrence) April 5, 2022