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Music for all

Everyone can be a musician at the Rural City of Wangaratta’s Make Music Day event on Friday 21 June.

Make Music Wangaratta kids

A hands-on program of free musical events for all ages will highlight the local celebration at the Wangaratta Performing Arts and Convention Centre (WPACC).

Mayor Dean Rees says the event is a great way of making music accessible to everyone.

“It’s really exciting to bring a dynamic and contemporary program of events to Wangaratta,” he said.

“Music should be for everyone and it’s our intention to ignite imagination, encourage participation and have a lot of fun.”

Participants can take the stage with Little Music Lab’s interactive electronic music station, complete with professional audio equipment.

Onlookers will be wowed by 10 year old Australian guitar prodigy and North East Hitchers ambassador Taj Farrant, fresh off the plane from Los Angeles and his performance on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

As part of the event Taj will also be launching the North East Hitchers 'Battle of the Bands', an opportunity for regional musicians aged 12 – 22 years to win a paid spot to play at A Hitch To The Sticks festival on November 2.

An original composition written by a group of Wangaratta West Primary students will also be performed on the Federation Handbells as part of the day’s festivities.

Wangaratta joins more than 1,000 cities who are taking part in Make Music Day, a global celebration inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique.

Make Music Wangaratta will run from 3pm – 7pm in the WPACC foyer and adjoining courtyard.

About Make Music Day

Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in more than 1,000 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation, and coordinated by the Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit the link below.

About Little Music Lab

Little Music Lab is a program for children 4 - 12 years old with a focus on learning and play. By providing real world professional audio equipment the program gives children a truly unique experience of just what is possible when creating with audio in a contemporary setting. For more information see the link below.

About Taj Farrant

Taj Farrant may be young, but his natural musical ability well surpasses his age. At only 10 yrs old, Taj was recently invited by Ellen DeGeneres to showcase his incredible guitar skills on The Ellen Show and has racked up millions of views with his fast-growing online presence. 

He got his first a guitar and as they say, the rest is history. Taj is now being mentored by the likes of iconic guitarist Warren Adams are helping him along this amazing path. Taj is fortunate to have a very supportive family, that helps support, guide and encourage his passion.

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