On Thursday, June 21 over 800 music loving people gathered in the parking lot on Gay Street to play “Sweet Home Alabama” in honor of Make Music Day.
Tim Spicer ’11 orchestrated the entire event. Spicer’s goal was to break the world record of 520 people which he did. More than 800 people came out to play at the event in Auburn.
Spicer’s love for music comes naturally. He owns his own music store called Spicer’s Music located at 2140 East University Drive.
“Spicer’s Music has never done anything of this magnitude before,” Spicer said. “We learned about Make Music Day this past January, and we thought it was just an incredible event. We definitely wanted to get involved in bringing music to this community, this city and this state.”
There was a wide spectrum of instruments present at the event, from orchestra to electric guitar. There was even a section designated “other” for more rare instruments like the xylophone.
At 6 p.m. Spicer struck up the band, and the music could be heard for miles. Aubie was also present and kept the crowd electrified.
Make Music Day started 34 years ago in France.
The staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a musical holiday, a day where free, live music would be everywhere. Unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music. The event now takes place on the summer solstice, June 21, and is called Fête De La Musique. In French, the name means “make music.”
Surprisingly, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a national holiday: Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique, according to the official Make Music Day website.
Unfortunately Bejing, China had over 900 people participate this year, ultimately beating Auburn’s record.