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Make Music Hartford 2022

Make Music Day was founded on the notion that music has the power to bring people together. In times joy and hardship, both active and passive participation in music is healing and celebratory.

Community came together to make music on June 21, 2022

2022 Spotlight Events: 


Were you in marching band in school or do you play a brass or woodwind instrument? Get together with a group of friends and strangers to play the music of The March King, John Philip Sousa!  You won’t want to miss being a part of the band or seeing the performance! 

Time: 6pm – 7pm
Location: Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
Conductor: Dan D’Addio

Bucket Drumming Lessons: 

Learn basic rhythm patterns and make music with buckets. Drummer Jimmy Gavagan will lead lessons.   

Drumsticks and buckets will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own to make the group bigger. Anyone is welcome to participate. No drumming or musical experience necessary! Drumstick and bucket giveaways! Promark drumsticks generously donated by D’Addario

Time: 2pm – 3pm
Location: Barbour Street Branch of Hartford Public Library, 261 Barbour Street, Hartford, CT
Leader: Jimmy Gavagan

Basses Loaded 

Enjoy the low sounds of multiple upright bass players gathered together. Bassist Matt Dwonszyk will arrange music for upright bass players in a sight that will be worth seeing and hearing.  Celebrate the centennial of jazz bass legend Charles Mingus for the 2022 return of Basses Loaded.

Time: 3pm-4pm
Location: Old State House
Lead Musician: Matt Dwonszyk 

Hip Hop Workshop with Blessings Divine: 

Write a song and build an instrumental track with Blessings Divine. Blessings Divine is a conscious Hip Hop MC, musician and dancer. A rapper known for his insightful and uplifting messages, he continues to reach a universal audience with his rhymes. 

Time: 3pm – 3:45pm
Location: Albany Branch of Hartford Public Library, 1250 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT
Leader: Blessings Divine

Latin Music and Dance Lessons 

Dance or learn to dance alongside the sounds of the Nelson Bello Quartet. Live Latin music with plenty of room for dancing. Free dance instruction by Nector Garcia. All are welcome! No dance experience needed to participate. Not ready to dance? You can still enjoy the music! 

Time: 2pm – 3pm
Location: Park Street Library @ the Lyric, 603 Park Street, Hartford, CT
Lead Musician:
Nelson Bello
Dance Instruction: Nector Garcia

Steel Pan Drum Lessons 

The sounds of the islands are coming to Make Music Hartford! Learn the basics of how to plan steel pan drums. No experience needed! With beginner steel pan drums generously loaned by Panyard, you’ll be jamming in no time! Everyone is welcome to take a lesson and experience the beautiful sounds of the steel pan drum.  

Time: 2pm – 3pm
Location: Downtown Branch of Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT
Leader: Kelvin Griffin

Take A Drum Ride: 

The entire audiences get their hands around BOB BLOOM’s huge cargo of conga, djembe, doumbek, tubano, and bongo drums to launch rock & roll and salsa songs with high-octane beats. Everyone plays. BB’s participatory drumming has rollicked with lots of people at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, and at the First Night Celebrations in Hartford, Westport, Worcester, Providence, and Boston  

Time: 2pm – 3pm
Location: Dwight Branch of Hartford Public Library, 7 New Park Avenue, Hartford, CT
Leader: Bob Bloom

Musical Improv Social: 

Come by the studios from 6pm to 10pm to learn fun musical improv games and to jam out together using different instruments! Make Music Day is about more than just the appreciation of music, it aims to empower people to make it themselves. So don’t be shy, this will be a laidback and supportive environment, perfect for trying something new! 6 to 7 will be social hour and free range of any instruments. At 7 we will warm up and get into musical games and improv. We’ll end with a jam and people are welcome to chill as long as they’d like. For instruments we will have a piano, bongos, maracas, 2 guitars, a ukulele, a harp, 2 xylophones, a violin, and a looper. Come try something out!

Time: 6pm – 10pm
Location: Sea Tea Comedy Theatre, 11 Asylum Street Suite 402, Hartford, CT
Leader: Sea Tea Improv