Make Music State of the Week: North Carolina

Make Music Day

For the first time this year, Make Music Day will be celebrated across North Carolina!

With support from the North Carolina Arts Council, thirteen cities and counties are joining forces to present a dizzying number of Make Music North Carolina events. Travel throughout the state on June 21 to find four all-day Kazoo-Fests at libraries in Brunswick County, ukulele jams in Raleigh, “The Hot Flashes” in Wilmington, the FCS String Band’s open mic in McDowell County, instrument petting zoos in Stanly County, and hundreds of other music-making opportunities, large and small.

More information on Make Music North Carolina

Since 2011, Make Music Chicago has pioneered the “Sousapalooza” – an invitation for hundreds of brass, wind, and percussion players to come together on June 21 for Make Music Day and sightread the music of The March King, John Philip Sousa.

Sousapalooza returns this year to 11 cities across the U.S., from Alabama to Alaska. Find one near you, download the music, and join the band!

June is busting out all over. Music will soon be in the air.

It’s time to finalize your Make Music Day plans!

🔲 Register with your local Make Music chapter and confirm your plans

🔲 Or mark your calendar to join a participatory Mass Appeal, Sousapalooza, Flowerpot Music, Roomful of Pianos, or String Together event near you

🔲 Promote your event with our poster generator and social media tiles

🔲 Go out on June 21 and make the city your stage!

We are thrilled to announce the world premiere of Baby You, a public art event where a massive 112-foot long hot air balloon in the shape of a sleeping newborn will be inflated and rise over Milwaukee on Make Music Day, accompanied by a new a cappella choral work by composer Michael Schachter, conducted by Lee Stovall.

As the sun sets in Milwaukee WI on Friday, June 21, hundreds of singers will gather in Veterans Park, on the shore of Lake Michigan, to perform the new composition, while behind them the balloon is inflated, takes shape, and begins its tethered ascent. The combined aural and visual experience invokes the shared humanity of all people. Everyone was a baby once: adorable, vulnerable and full of potential.

YOU are invited to sing in this one-of-a-kind chorus experience. No auditions are required and it is free to participate.

Baby You was commissioned by the Przekrój Foundation (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”), which grew out of Poland’s oldest magazine about society and culture, available in print since 1945.

From mounting ambitious, large-scale art installations and festivals, to sponsoring comedy shows, exhibitions, and film screenings, the Foundation hopes to spread joy and build community, and inspire others to do the same. Their thought-provoking magazine, Przekrój – independent and free of advertising – focuses on big existential questions, well-being, philosophy, art, literature and the sciences.

Thanks to the Przekrój Foundation for joining this year’s Make Music Day in such spectacular fashion!

Make Music Day is exploding this year in Texas, with 13 Texas cities participating on June 21 – 9 of them for the first time!

Presented by the Texas Music Office, notable events will include a tribute to Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole at the Miller Outdoor Theater in Houston, the Dallas Chamber Choir performing at the Frisco Discovery Center, and “the largest bucket drumming circle ever created” at the historic Salado Civic Center Gazebo.

Explore Make Music Texas!

This Make Music Day, musicians of all ages and skill levels will ring in the summer with a day of connection, collaboration, and mentorship, participating in thousands of free music-making events on June 21.

In the U.S., a record-setting 150+ communities are gearing up for Make Music Day, with new hot spots in New Jersey and Wisconsin (each with 4 new cities), Texas (with 9) and North Carolina (with 12). Cities like Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake, and Tallahassee are also launching, all joining over 2,000 Make Music cities around the world.

Find a celebration near you!

We are thrilled to announce Make Music Day’s first-ever nationwide marching band initiative!

In a collaboration led by the National Federation of State High School Associations, music technology company MakeMusic Inc, and the NAMM Foundation, school and community bands across all 50 states will premiere Earthgroove by renowned composer Randall Standridge on June 21.

In the spirit of Make Music Day, the piece is uniquely inclusive, with optional parts to accommodate any kind of school musician. The music will be provided to each participating band at no cost, available as a PDF download or in the MakeMusic Cloud platform.

We invite your band to join!

Whether young or old, marching or stationary, amateur or professional, all bands are invited to register here. Sheet music and access to MakeMusic Cloud will be emailed to you as soon as you sign up.

Selected Press Coverage:

Santa, Snow White pitch perfect in holiday fete,” by Lance Masterson, Polk County Itemizer-Observer, December 27, 2023
Flatfoot Flatbush celebrates arrival of winter,” by Julia Joseph and Adolfo Carrion, News 12 Brooklyn, December 21, 2023
Make Music Winter,” The Isthmus, December 21, 2023
Harbor Happenings: Make Music Day celebrates start of winter,” by Charlee Glock-Jackson, Gig Harbor Now, December 19, 2023
Montclair Make Music Winter: A Day of Music and Community,” Montclair Local, December 19, 2023
Make Music Winter Event: Radiant Revelry,” Mommy Poppins, December 15, 2023
What’s Happening: Jane Austen, Framing the Female Gaze, Hip-Hop Exhibit, and parrandas,” by David Garate, Bronx Times, December 13, 2023
Things To Do: Flatfoot Flatbush,” by Christina Izzo, Time Out New York, December 12, 2023
Depot Green to light up for the holidays on Thursday,” by Cathy Spaulding, Muskogee Phoenix, November 28, 2023

Make Music Winter is just around the corner, with 33 cities joining to create a musical winter solstice on Thursday, December 21!

Just-announced events include:

  • Trevor New’s interactive musical version of Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds, in Poughkeepsie NY and online;
  • a new Resonant Path for gongs in Boston MA that anyone can play;
  • a play-along Zydeco event in Montclair NJ called World Upside Down;
  • new Roomful of Pianos events in Arizona, Missouri, and North Carolina;
  • and instrument making, a drum circle, and karaoke in Greensburg PA.

As always, Make Music Winter events are 100% free and open to all. Visit for the full schedule, and then join a music-making event near you!