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Allison Kelsey and Derek Fenstermacher from The Montclair Orchestra play in front of MishMish – Montclair Make Music Day on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
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Greg Pason, Montclair Make Music Day Coordinator, has announced that Montclair Make Music Day will be three days long this year, from June 21 through June 23.

For the fifth consecutive year, Montclair will be one of more than 65 cities across the United States taking part in Make Music Day. Unlike previous years, Montclair is expanding the day of music into a three-day celebration of music and the arts running from June 21 to June 23.

“Traditionally, Make Music Day is held on June 21 every year. This year, that’s also the day of Montclair High School graduation. Expanding it to a three-day celebration gives those who might have missed out a chance to participate,” Greg Pason, Montclair Make Music Day Coordinator, said in a release.
Last year, Montclair hosted the largest and most successful Make Music Day so far, with more than 100 performances that ran from 10 a.m. to midnight in every part of town.

The Montclair Make Music Day collective is made up of volunteers, musicians, non-profits, small business owners, and students. The first Montclair Make Music Day took place in 2014 and was successful because the community embraced it and organizations like Terry’s Serendipity Café and the 73 See Gallery provided volunteers and support. Local arts organization, Indie Arts Montclair (IAM), is also partnering with Make Music Day this year, sharing resources and helping with organization.

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A spectator videos the Abandon Ship Band at Just Kidding Around – Montclair Make Music Day on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
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“We encourage residents in the community to come together on any of these days—whether it’s on a porch, in a park, or on a front lawn—to make music with friends and neighbors,” Pason said.
Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 800 cities across 120 countries. 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.
Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation, and coordinated by the Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit www.makemusicday.org. To learn more about volunteering for the event or to see the schedule of events, please visit http://montclairmakesmusic.org/  or http://indieartsmontclair.org.

 The free event is part of the international Fête de la Musique, which takes place in 800 cities across 120 countries. Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation, and coordinated by the Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit makemusicday.org.

To learn about volunteering or to see the schedule of events, visit montclairmakesmusic.org or indieartsmontclair.org.

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