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Welcome to our Virtual “Bash the Trash” Instrument Building Party

Did you know April 22, 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day? Starting on Earth Day and running through Make Music Hartford on June 21st, we’ll be sharing ways for you to build instruments out of materials you might normally throw away. Our friends at the Make Music Alliance and Bash the Trash have put together videos and downloadable instructions you can use at home to make fun instruments with cans, scraps of wood, paper towel tubes, and more.

Let’s get out there and play to thank medical professionals and essential workers! Our challenge to you:

  1. Build an instrument using the Bash the Trash videos and instructions below
  2. Practice playing your new instrument
  3. Post a video of yourself or your family playing these instruments on social media with the hashtag #MakeMusicHartford along with a thank you message, song, or dance for those who are working hard to keep us all safe and healthy.

Four-in-One Can

Turn one ordinary aluminum can into 4 different percussion instruments! Download instructions and material guide: Four in One Can


Rubber Band Box Guitar

Grab a cardboard box and transform it into a guitar with a few rubber bands! Download instructions and material guide: Rubber Band Box Guitar


Tube Trumpet

Brass instruments don’t have to be made with brass, make your own with paper towel tubes! Download instructions and material guide: Tube trumpet


Balloon Drums

Build your own bongos using balloons and tubes. Download instructions and material guide: Tube drums balloon


Diddley Bow

This one’s a little more complex, but super fun! Make your own slide guitar with some wood, bottles, and old guitar strings. If you’d like a used guitar string sent to you, sign up here. Download instructions and material guide: Diddley bow


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