Make Music Appleton is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city.
Make Music Day Appleton is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 1,000 cities across more than 120 countries every year on June 21 – the summer solstice. 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 on Tuesday June 21st, 2022, events will occur at various locations in Appleton.
Make Music Day Appleton is for anyone and everyone! It is open to all ages, skill levels, and any musical category. Events have ranged from Ghanaian bucket drumming to ukulele jams, early childhood music programming to a blues workshop. All events are welcome! Interested in leading an event or volunteering? Reach out to Education@heidmusic.com for more information.
How did Make Music Day begin?
It all started 40 years ago in France.
In 1982, France’s Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops.
And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)
Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique.
Four decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries. In the U.S., the presenting sponsor is the NAMM Foundation.
Anyone and everyone is invited to participate in Make Music Day on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. All age groups, skill levels, and type of music are welcome! Check back often for updates on events!
Interested in performing, teaching, or collaborating? Please complete the Make Music Day Participation Form. For questions, please email Education@HeidMusic.com for more information.
We are constantly adding programming for this year and solidifying details. You may see some of the exciting events we have planned below!
10:30am Heid Music – Mayor Jake Woodford will be issuing and official Make Music Day Proclamation at Heid Music
11:00-11:25am Heid Music – Clarissa Brisk, elementary school music teacher will be leading a workshop for students ages 6-10.
11:00-11:50am Lawrence University Grove – Lawrence University will be facilitating a Gamelan workshop. Gamelan refers to an ensemble of traditional percussion-keyed instruments, including gongs, drums, metallophones and bamboo flutes from Indonesia. All ages can experience and learn Gamelan.
11:30-11:55am Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Outside – Appleton Public Library will present a participatory musical story time. This event will engage audience members and take them on a musical journey!
12:00-12:50pm Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Outside – Come learn to play the Jumbie Jam!
12:00-12:50pm Heid Music – Make Music with a STEM based Makey Makey kit!
12:30-1:20pm Lawrence University Grove – Lawrence University will be hosting a Ghanaiian Drumming/Dance workshop. The interactive workshop is designed for both the young and the young at heart. This style of music utilizes a call and response between the lead drum and the rest of the ensemble.
1:00-1:50pm Heid Music – Local acoustic guitar and brass instrumental duo Two Old Flats featuring fiddle tunes, polkas, waltzes, rags and more!
2:00-2:25pm Heid Music – Clarissa Brisk, elementary school music teacher will be leading a workshop for students ages 6-10.
2:30-3:20pm Heid Music – Kat Flan will perform on a variety of instruments and play some of the greatest hits in both Spanish and English. Join Kat Flan for an engaging and groovy experience.
2:30-3:20pm Lawrence University Grove – Lawrence University will be hosting a Ghanaiian Drumming/Dance workshop. The interactive workshop is designed for both the young and the young at heart. This style of music utilizes a call and response between the lead drum and the rest of the ensemble.
3:30-4:20pm Lawrence University Grove – Lawrence University will be hosting a Bucket Drumming program. This program is a fun and interactive way to make music with every day objects.
3:30-4:20pm Heid Music – Make Music with a STEM based Makey Makey kit!
4:30-5:20pm Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Outside – IndUS of Fox Valley will demo a variety of music, musical instruments, and dance styles (classical and folk) aimed at getting people involved.
4:30-5:20pm Heid Music – Uke Jam, hosted by Greg Forton, member of Forte and the Pianissimos. We recommend bringing your own uke, but Heid Music will have a limited supply of ukuleles available to be used if you do not own a uke!
5:30-6:00pm Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Outside – Pita from Unity the Band will lead a closing event that will engage the audience and have active participation. It will be a great way to close Make Music Appleton and get community members involved!
Are you a musician with performance ideas, a teacher who would like to share music education, a venue that would like to provide space for music, or have questions about Make Music Day Appleton? Feel free to reach out to us at Education@HeidMusic.com
We are always looking for individuals who want to support music in our community!
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