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Make Music Chicago
Former band nerds, unite.

"This one time, at band camp..."

We know, we know: It?s a classic line. But sometimes we wonder: Hey, what?s wrong with being a band nerd? ?

If you miss those flute-toting, clarinet-tooting, cymbal-crashing good old days, sign up to relive them during Make Music Chicago, a four-year-old, one-day festival that has invited musicians of all skill levels to perform in public in celebration of the summer solstice.

Performances will include everything from a drum circle at Mozart Park to a harmonica ?blow-out? at St. James Commons. Just show up to listen or sign up to join in the jammin?. ??

If you know your way around a treble clef, register to play classic arrangements like Copland's "Hoe-Down" at 9 a.m. with the Rise and Shine orchestra at Daley Plaza (sheet music provided; bring your own stand and clips). Or, belt out show tunes during the 11 a.m. Solstice Sing-Along. ??

More of a music appreciator? Check out the schedule of more than 200 performances and go listen to your fellow Chicagoans as they make harmonious melodies together. Or beautiful noise, at least.

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