Make Music Day

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

Sousapaloozas will return on June 21, 2024 to cities around the U.S. Download the music, bring your horn, and join the band!

Sample Sousapalooza Repertoire (click to download):

Albany, NY

Led by Keith Morales
Office of Cultural Affairs

at Washington Park
613 Madison Ave


Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM

What to bring: music stand, clips for music, chair, and printed parts.

Anchorage, AK

Led by Barbara Kagerer
The Horn Doctor Music Store, Inc. & The Anchorage Downtown Partnership

Outdoors on the lawn at Old City Hall
524 W 4th Ave


Time: 11:30AM-12:50PM on Saturday June 22nd

What to bring: Instrument, music stand, chair, and printed music for all songs.

Atlanta, GA

Led by Robert Coulter and Atlanta Ragtime Band
Atlanta Federation of Musicians

at 551 Dutch Valley Rd


Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM

What to bring: instruments.

Chicago, IL

Led by Ashley Ertz
Classical Music Chicago

Location TBD


Time: 5:00PM-7:00PM

What to bring: music stand, printed parts, clips, and downloads.

Huntsville, AL

Led by Sue Holleran
Huntsville Concert Band and New Horizons Band of Huntsville

at Sandra Moon Community Complex Arts Wing, 7901 Bailey Cove Rd


Time: 6:00PM-7:00PM

What to bring: music stand and printed parts.

Lansing, MI

Led by Jimmy Edwards

at Marshall Music
3240 E Saginaw St


Time: 3:00PM-4:00PM

What to bring: just your instruments

Milwaukee, WI

Led by Karen Mary Lippert

at Hart Park Rotary Performance Pavilion
7300 W Chestnut St, Wauwatosa


Time: 7:00PM-8:00PM

What to bring: music stand, printed parts, wind clips, sunglasses and hat if preferred

New Brighton, PA

Led by Beth Schiemer

at Brighton Music Center
1011 Third Avenue


Time: 3:00PM-4:00PM

What to bring: music stand and clips for music.

New York, NY

Led by Oscar Thorpe

at 599 Lexington Ave


Time: 1:30PM-2:30PM

What to bring: music (download and print your parts), music stand, clips for music if windy, sunscreen and/ or hats.

Orange, CA

Led by Kim Le
Pacific Conservatory

at First United Methodist Church of Orange 161 S. Orange St

Time: 5:15PM-6:15PM


Time: 5:00PM-5:30PM

What to bring: music stand, clips for music, hats, sunglasses and sunblock.

Wilmington, NC

Led by Rhonda Bellamy

at Harrelson Center
20 N. 4th St.


Time: 6:00PM-9:00PM

What to bring: just your instrument.

Sousapalooza: Gallery

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