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'Make Music Madison' bringing community together Thursday

MADISON, Wis. - You can hear country music, soul, rap, rock and roll or even orchestral music on the streets of Madison starting Thursday. ‘Make Music Madison’ is back for the sixth straight year, and hundreds of musicians are expected to participate.

The event started back in 2013 in Madison as way to kick off the official start to summer. ‘Make Music Madison’ is a citywide, street level music making celebration, but it isn't just about music. Organizers say there is a role for everyone and every organization in what they call a “DIY celebration.” It not only brings together musicians, but social media makers, businesses, restaurants, bars, neighborhood organizations, and non-profits.

Groups that participate, like Forward Performing Arts, love the concept of music for all ages.

“That diversity really speaks with what we try to do with our philosophy and mission of music education, and I think it overlays really with ‘Make Music Madison’ which is a great day of free music across the entire city," says Jeff Spanos, Director of Development for Forward Performing Arts.

‘Make Music Madison’ is a volunteer-organized event and thrives on the support of our community. The cost of bringing more than 400 concerts to over 100 venues across Madison tomorrow is roughly $45,000. Organizers say it takes a small army of volunteers to pull it off on such a limited budget.

One of the larger venues is Breese Stevens Field. It is there that the Madison scouts will be celebrating their 80th year with its first ever female member musician at “Brass and Brats.

Nineteen-year-old Megan Hutera of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, is now a part of the highly competitive Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. For 8 decades, the group has had a reputation for top-notch music and marching precision with members who come from all around the world. Thursday night, Hutera will be among the 154 Madison Scouts on Breese Stevens Field.

Other features include the Madison Scouts-affiliated groups Mad Brass and Black Star Drum Line and music by the Brass Knuckles and the Madison Brass Band.

Remember, ‘Make Music Madison’ is a free event for everyone. You can find more information on locations and times here.


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