Make Music Day Denton

Pick up an instrument to join in the global music celebration!

Make Music Day is a one-day event where free, live musical performances, opportunities to make music, and other musical events take place around the world on the longest day of the year. Musical festivities in Denton are part of a global celebration of music-making in over 750 cities inspired by France’s te de la Musique.

WHEN

Monday, June 21, 2021

WHERE

Quakertown Park & Downtown Denton Square

SCHEDULE

9:30 a.m. - Kids Drum Jam - The Nook at Quakertown Park
Kids get the opportunity to learn rhythm and beats on the djembes in an interactive drum jam. The Senior Center's drum jam leader will have hand drums available for children and parents.

10:15 a.m. - Denton Senior Center Choir - The Nook at Quakertown Park
Enjoy a live performance by the Denton Senior Center Choir

11:00 a.m. - Musical Story Time - The Nook at Quakertown Park
Denton librarians have curated a very special music-centered story time for the very first story time at The Nook in the park.

1:00 p.m. - Flowerpot Musical Performance - East Side of the Courthouse lawn in downtown Denton
Adam Davis will lead a special concert using flower pots. Bring the family and learn how to play a song or two from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Davis will then lead a concert from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring flower pots and rubber mallets. Learn more about Flowerpot Music here!

4:00 p.m. - Drum Jam - Courthouse lawn in downtown Denton
Hand drummers will perform live and fill the air with African beats. This is open to the public for participation as well.

5:30 p.m. - MLK Parks & Rec Camp Performance - Courthouse lawn in downtown Denton
Camp participants will perform for parents and the community.

6:30 p.m. - Twilight Tunes featuring High School Caesar - Courthouse lawn in downtown Denton
Denton Rockabilly outfit High School Caesar will play a special Twilight Tunes performance in honor of Make Music Day! Book a reserved spot here.

DETAILS

The City of Denton joins the Make Music Day celebration with numerous events on Monday, June 21, 2021. Make Music Day is a one-day event where free, live musical performances, opportunities to make music, and other musical events take place around the world on the longest day of the year. Musical festivities in Denton are part of a global celebration of music-making in over 750 cities inspired by France’s te de la Musique.

Why join Make Music Day
Make Music Day brings joy, inspires creativity, and transforms communities. It celebrates and promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of ability. Make Music Day events turn sidewalks and streets into impromptu stages; lets amateur musicians share their passion and gain confidence; and gives established artists in all genres a chance to perform for new audiences. Special Make Music Day initiatives, like free instrument lessons and “Mass Appeal” events, invite everyone to join–even if they’ve never picked up an instrument before in their lives. And for those whose life’s work is to create more music-makers, it’s the perfect opportunity to spread the message of musical participation.

History of Make Music Day
In 1982, Jack Lang and the staff of France’s Ministry of Culture created a new kind of musical holiday they called Fête de la Musique, which means both “festival of music” and “make music!” They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners, parks, rooftops, gardens, storefronts, and mountaintops. Everyone was invited to join and play music, or to host performances, wherever they were. The Fête has turned into a national music-making holiday in France every June 21, on the summer solstice. According to surveys, almost 8% of the country—5 million people—have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique. Today, Make Music Day has become an international phenomenon, with millions of musicians of all styles, all ages, and all skill levels reimagining their cities as stages, and using music to spread joy to their communities. And Make Music Day is spreading quickly in the United States.

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