Make Music
Chequamegon Bay


What is “Make Music Chequamegon Bay”?

Make Music Chequamegon Bay is part of a global music celebration happening in over 1,000 cities and 120 countries world-wide on June 21st – the Summer Solstice.  It’s free. It’s outdoors.  And children, students, amateurs, and professionals are all invited to get outside and make music along-side hundreds of millions of people all over the world for “Make Music Day”.

Make Music Chequamegon Bay will be a multi-city and town festival that will take place from 2-7pm with a FREE Grand Finale Community Sing-Along event at Big Top Chautauqua:  “Big Top Big Sing”  7:30pm

Our 2020 inaugural celebration happens to land on Father’s Day this year, and will be happening in Ashland, Washburn, Bayfield,  Red Cliff, Bad River, and Cornucopia. Parks, porches, sidewalks, parking lots, and business fronts all over our area will be filled with music being played and/or sung outside and under awnings. People may find themselves serenaded by a guitar soloist, or a choir, a rock band, or an accordion group, some flute players, a barbershop quartet, a string ensemble, a mass guitar band, a drum circle – or maybe even ukuleles or kazoos!  Solos, duos, trios, quartets etc…The possibilities are limitless.  Residents (and visitors) are invited to travel around Chequamegon Bay to see and hear their neighbors play and enjoy live music!

It’s a DIY celebration when almost any way to make music can and will happen – ANYWHERE

Who should be involved?

“Anyone, and Enjoyed by Everyone”!  It’s open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.  To sign-up to make music OR to provide a venue for music makers, Click on “Participate” on the Home Page.

A special event like this takes a dedicated team of volunteers to bring it all together. We have a growing group of “Make Music Ambassadors” who focus on spreading the word, creating musical events, handling city relations, and publicity.  Jan Lee is the current Lead Organizer of Make Music Chequamegon Bay.  Other “Make Music Ambassadors” include Tom Mitchell, Tom Draughon, Chris Hulmer, Tiffany Darling, Andrew McInnes, Liz Woolworth, Joel Glickman, Frank Montano, Kate Miller, and hopefully…YOU.   Contact us at:

SPONSORS NEEDED!  If you would like to help defray some of the costs and make MAKE MUSIC CHEQUAMEGON BAY a success – become a MAKE MUSIC DAY SPONSOR.  Just Click on the “Support” page!  Your name will appear in advertising and on our Support Page as a Sponsor.

Now… June 21st will be here before we know it, so let’s get ready to get outside and make some music!  



We’re currently working on creating  Match-Making capability to match music makers with locations to play/sing.  We hope to have it ready by May 1st.  Please check back for updated information.  In the meantime, mark your calendars and start practicing!  Cheers!



SPONSORS NEEDED!   Support this event by being a “MAKE MUSIC DAY SPONSOR”!   Your generous contribution will help pay for publicity and ground support activities “day of” on June 21st!   Your name will appear as a SPONSOR in our advertising and on our Support Page.

Please send your check, payable to “Make Music Chequamegon Bay” to:   CBAC  P.O. Box 25,  Washburn, WI  54891

Make Music Chequamegon Bay is sponsored by CBAC and Arts Wisconsin, along with the help of a growing network of volunteers in our area – and YOU!

Want to get involved too?

Make Music Chequamegon Bay hopes to continue to develop a growing volunteer team of planners and musicians as we go forward each year. To get involved, email us at:

Thanks to all those who make this amazing day of live music possible!


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