Make Music


Make Music Day Appleton is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 800 cities across 120 countries every year on June 21.  It is designed to celebrate music in all its forms and encourages people to band together to play free public concerts. 

In the U.S., Make Music Day is presented by The NAMM Foundation, and coordinated by the Make Music Alliance.  This year, more than 65 U.S. cities are organizing Make Music Day celebrations, encompassing thousands of concerts nationwide.


*New this year pInstrument raffle with 3 ways to win!*

Follow the Appleton Downtown Facebook page and comment with your favorite music memory for a chance to win a pInstrument donated by Warwick Music and Heid Music.

Join Porky’s Groove Machine at the Heid Music Summer Concert Series on Thursday, June 20 for another chance to win a pInstrument.  Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 with all proceeds going to Creative Downtown Appleton Inc to continue the Make Music movement year-round with outdoor musical instruments for all.  Raffle will be announced at the beginning of the concert and the winner drawn at the break.  Must be present to win.

On June 21, Make Music Day, post a photo of you enjoying Make Music Day on social media (Facebook and/or Instagram) using #MakeMusicDayAppleton to be entered to win!  Your post must be public in order for entry to be submitted.  Winner will be announced Monday, June 24.

Thanks to Warwick Music and Heid Music for providing the pInstruments!



2019 Schedule of Events (subject to change)  More events being added, check again before June 21!


9:00am The Grove (near Taste of Thai) – Inclusive drum circle with Expressive Therapies

  • Start the day off with a drum circle and learn about the benefits of music therapy.  All ages and abilities are welcome!

10:30am Houdini Plaza – Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra In Harmony program

  • Join a quartet musicians from the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra by connecting music to the body.  Open to all ages and abilities!

11:00am The Grove (near Taste of Thai) – Pick-Up Sticks percussion with Lisa Nett

  • Use chopsticks and other items to make music on different surfaces.

11:00am Parklet (near Copper Rock) – Hope Rocks with Harbor House

  • Paint a rock with a message of hope for Harbor House’s courtyard while enjoying the music of 4North

12:00pm The Grove – pBone jam with Porky’s Groove Machine

  • Get an introductory trombone lesson with members of Porky’s Groove Machine by playing a pBone.

12:00pm Houdini Plaza – Heart Chant with Leila Pertl

  • Join this participatory deep listening meditation, an offering of sonic healing for all beings through vocalization and listening.  This piece was written by Pauline Oliveros in response to the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

12:30pm Heid Music Mural Lot – Jazz Improv with Noah Harmon

  • Learn the basics of jazz improv with Noah Harmon and musicians from Fox Jazz Fest.

1:30pm The Grove – Ukulele jam with Sam Bader

  • Whether you’re a beginner or advanced uke player, come join native Hawaiian Sam Bader to expand your ukulele repertoire.  Bring your uke or borrow one of ours!

2:00pm Heid Music Mural Lot – pBone jam with Porky’s Groove Machine

  • Get an introductory trombone lesson with members of Porky’s Groove Machine by playing a pBone.

3:00pm The Grove – Samba Drumming with Leila Pertl

  • Come and groove with us in this powerful, aural drumming tradition from Brazil! No drumming experience necessary! Learn about and play the different “voices of the bateria” ­– or samba band – that combine to stir the soul and make you want to move!

3:30pm Heid Music Mural Lot – Harmonica Workshop with Lee Nimmer

  • One of the most popular workshops from last year is back!  Learn the basics of the harmonica and all the different styles of music that go with it!  The first 100 participants will receive a free harmonica courtesy of Hohner Harmonica.

3:30pm Harper Hall – Music Theater Showcase free to the public

4:30pm Heid Music Mural Lot – Ukulele jam with Forte & the Pianissimos

  • Come join the uke fun and learn songs ranging from traditional to popular.  Bring your uke or borrow one of ours!

3:30-6:00pm Houdini Plaza – Creative Kids

  • Show your creative side with family-friendly activities sponsored by Appleton Downtown Inc and the Building for Kids.
  • Join the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra Steel Drums from 3:30-5pm
  • Step into the fun with Unity Dance Academy from 3:30-5:30pm

5:00-8:00pm Downtown Appleton – Art on the Town

  • Enjoy musicians busking along College Avenue
  • Chaos Karaoke at Shear Chaos (103 W. College Avenue)

6:00pm Heid Music – New Horizons Band

  • Join the band by picking up the instrument you haven’t played since high school or middle school.  Band instruments will be available.

6:00-8:00pm Houdini Plaza – David Paul Martin

  • David Paul Martin is a Wisconsin-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Join him as we conclude another successful Make Music Day!

If you or a group are interested in participating please contact Katie at 920-831-4990, ext. 124 or via email


If you are interested in participating or would like more information please contact us at or at 920.831.4990. ext. 124.


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