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Landmarks Across the U.S. Shining Orange for Make Music Day

For the third year, more than 30 buildings and landmarks around the country will turn orange in honor of Make Music Day!

Three bridges, four City Halls, and national landmarks like Niagara Falls, DC’s Capital Wheel, and Vermont’s Bennington Battle Monument will all participate by turning orange – evoking the sun, the start of summer, and the Make Music Day logo – on June 21 or the evening before.

Click here for the complete list!

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If you’re posting about Make Music Day on social media, we want to see it and help spread your message!

Please use the hashtag #makemusicday across media platforms, along with any local hashtag your city may be using. Over the next few days we will be watching for the hashtag and reposting.

A Mass of Harmonicas

For the seventh straight year, Hohner joins Make Music Day with an epic, nationwide harmonica blow out.

On June 21, some 4,000 first-time players will learn the basics of the instrument in massive, outdoor lessons and jam sessions held in over 40 cities across North America. After the free lessons – many led by Hohner artists – each player will get to keep their own high-quality Hohner Blues Band harmonica, to continue playing and learning at home.

Click here to see all 45 Hohner harmonica events for Make Music Day!

Make Music Country of the Week: China

Make Music China started in 2016, as a pilot project of the China Musical Instrument Association (CMIA).

Its growth ever since has been remarkable. Last year, 160,000 performers took part in 3,000 Make Music Day events across the country, with highlights including traditional Chinese music at Beijing’s Park of Temple of Heaven, 30 events in Huang Qiao Town (the epicenter of Chinese violin making), and a government-issued Make Music China postage stamp.

Over 4,000 events will take place in 160 cities for Make Music China in 2019. For the first time, they will be accompanied by a Make Music Day mascot named Wukong (see post below).

Congratulations to the CMIA for bringing music to millions on June 21!

Wukong, the Make Music China Mascot

Make Music China has grown from a pilot program in a few Chinese cities in 2016, to an enormous undertaking with over 4,000 events in 160 cities across the country, led by the China Musical Instrument Association (CMIA).

This year, Make Music China unveils its first mascot, a musical figure named “Wukong” whose image will accompany Make Music Day events around the country.

Make Music City of the Week: Chicago

Make Music Chicago is one of North America’s longest-running Make Music Day celebrations, and consistently one of the most innovative.

Presented by the International Music Foundation, Make Music Chicago this year will include a side-by-side play-along with the Chicago Philharmonic; workshops for audio production, steel pans, and kazoos; a flute choir reading session; a Suzuki violin playdown; and a participatory round-singing performance, among hundreds of other events. Chicago’s Sousapalooza will return for the ninth straight year.

Visit the Make Music Chicago website to learn more!

Drumbeat to June 21st

People in cities around the country will come outside next week on Make Music Day for special bucket drumming and percussion workshops.

In 30+ cities, all percussionists who attend – kids and adults, professionals and first-timers – will be handed a pair of drum sticks generously donated by Vic Firth and invited to make music together. The events will range from structured classes to free-flowing drum circles, according to the concept of each local organizer. 

Explore the percussion events here!

Sousapalooza

Since 2011, Make Music Chicago has pioneered the Sousapalooza – an invitation for hundreds of brass, wind, and percussion players to come together and sightread the music of The March King, John Philip Sousa.

This Make Music Day, Sousapaloozas will be held in eight cities around the US, including, for the first time, one in Anchorage, Alaska.

Download the music, bring your horn, and join the band!

The Heart Chant

The Heart Chant is one of composer Pauline Oliveros’s “Deep Listening” meditations, her practice of “listening in every possible way to everything possible, to hear no matter what you are doing.”

Written in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, the Heart Chant’s simple instructions invite any and all to participate in creating community through sound. No musical training is required.

Nearly a dozen Heart Chants will take place around the world on June 21 for Make Music Day. Join one near you, or organize your own!

Make Music Country of the Week: Argentina

Make Music Day stretched deep into the Southern Hemisphere last year with the first Make Music Argentina, led by CAFIM and Magma Strings, including activities and performances in 125 Argentine cities.

As if that weren’t enough, Make Music Argentina will see a tremendous expansion in 2019. TV Pública and Radio Nacional will broadcast the music-making festivities live across more than 50 stations. The Ministry of Education is providing trucks that will travel around Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Misiones, and Jujuy, making stops to teach children ages 6-18 how to build and play instruments. And musical activities will fill each room of the massive Usina del Arte cultural center in Buenos Aires.

Learn more at the Make Music Argentina website!