Play-along events

Play-a-Long Events

We’re bringing in-person play-a-long events back in 2021! More details will be announced soon but here is what’s in the works!

All events will follow COVID-19 safe policies.

Shower Singing

Lobsterman Park – 12:00PM-1:00PM

It wouldn’t be Make Music Portland without Shower Singing! Whether you play professionally or just literally, love to sing in the shower, you’re invited to join us for this fun event.


Junkophonics

Led by Jeremy Fink & Friends – Post Office Park – 11:45AM-12:00PM

This Make Music Day, discover the instrument in everything by building instruments out of found objects – junkophones! Here are some examples of what we’ll be making:

The performers and educators of Bash the Trash Environmental Arts, and percussionist/instrument-builder extraordinaire Craig Woodson from PlayDrums.com, have offered their innovative designs for wind, percussion and string instruments made from everyday refuse. These amazing instruments offer us an opportunity to look at “junk” and music-making in a whole new way.

 


Ukulele for Beginning Beginners

Led by Lee Urban of Ukuleles Heal the World – Post Office Park, 1:00PM-2:00PM

We are excited to welcome back Lee from Ukuleles Heal The World for a ukulele lesson on June 21st!

In these times, what could be more fun than learning to play a ukulele?! Lee Urban will have you playing and singing a song on your ukulele within 10 minutes after you pick it up. No prior musical experience necessary. Just a ukulele and a desire to have some fun that can last you a lifetime.


Flower Pot Music

Led by John Colton, Alex Adams, and Kate Beever – Moontide Park – 7:00PM-8:00PM

Music on June 21 can come from anyone, anywhere, and anything – even flowerpots.

Flowerpot Music, written by award-winning composer Elliot Cole and directed by percussionist Peter Ferry, is a composition for an unlikely but beautiful percussion instrument – the flowerpot! Bell-like tones are passed from performer to performer in improvised gestures called “blooms” that sweep through the group. The piece is written in simple prose, and can be performed by non-musicians and musicians alike.

Groups around the world will assemble on June 21st, with safe social distance, to premiere a special version of the piece “Flowerpot Music: Make Music Day book.” View last year’s event here.


 

Intro to Djembe

Led by Namory Keita of Embody the Rhythm – Bell Buoy – 4:00PM-5:00PM

Learn the basic drum strokes, patterns and feel for the djembe hand drum from Master Drummer Namory Keita!  You can “bring-your-own-drum” or we will have a few bucket drums for people to use.  Get ready to join your first drum circle!

Namory Keita was born in the village of Sangbarala, Guinea into a family of well-known drummers. At age seven he began drumming, eventually becoming the lead drummer for his village.   Namory holds regular classes all over Southern Maine and leads the drum and dance group New Moon Ensemble.


Bucket Drumming Lesson

Led by Chris Marro of Midcoast School of Music- Lobsterman Park – 2:00PM-3:00PM

How do those amazing street drummers make music with just a five-gallon bucket?  Learn the basics of the boom boom bap with Chris Marro!  We provide the sticks and buckets.  You bring the rhythm!

Chris is the co-founder and co-owner of Midcoast School of Music and is currently the Director of Percussion at Cape Elizabeth school department.  He holds a B.A. from the University of Southern Maine and has taught thousands of students over his fifteen years as a music educator.


Open Community Djembe Circle

Led by Eric Reburn – Bell Buoy Park – 5:00PM-5:45PM

This will be an open drum circle for anyone interested in free form play! All skills welcome. I have held many drum circles at the Gorham School of Music. Also, I have held open drum circles at the Hope Gateway Church, 509 Forest Avenue Portland Maine, which was held on the second Friday of each month, before the Covid 19 Pandemic. I held drum circles at the Episcopalian Church on Route 1 in Scarboro, Maine, for a time. Again, Covid 19 crushed this gig. I have studied a variey of drumming types, including West African rhythms with Annegret Baier, Sayon Camara and of course Namory Keita. I bring my own adaptations to the world of hand drumming, with mixed innovative drum set-ups coupled with different traditional styles.


Harmonica Lessons

Led by Aaron Seglin – Post Office Park – 10:00AM-10:45AM

Ever dream of becoming a star harmonica player? Now is your chance! We provide the harmonicas and Aaron Seglin of 13 Scotland Rd. provides the lesson. No experience necessary.