No horn? No problem. Here are some shakers.
No rhythm? No problem. Just make a joyful noise.
You don’t have to even play an instrument; you can dance or juggle or do a hand-stand, etc. The only limit is your imagination.
Anyone can be involved in HONK! – literally, anyone. Among the many characteristics that make the HONK! street band movement beautiful is its inclusivity.
As Tim Sars, of Vancouver’s The Carnival Band, is fond of saying to anyone around to listen: “You’re all in the band.”
The Carnival Band’s website says further: “We believe community music is grounded in collaboration, with the aim of empowering the individuals involved.” They invite anyone with an interest, even loaning instruments and providing instruction.
The Party Band from Lowell, Massachusetts says, “Open rehearsals encourage players of all skill levels and dedication to attend and join our cause, none are turned away.”
In Toronto, you can come play with Street Brass. We don’t have instruments to lend, sadly, but we can hook you up with some spoons at the very least.
Beyond being directly involved in the music-making, the second key aspect of “inclusivity” involves the participatory nature of the performance, the breaking down of the (very common) barrier between audience and performer. “Bands don’t just play for the people; they play among the people and invite them to join the fun” (honkest.org).
There are so many divisive, polarizing aspects to the world. HONK! actively thwarts this. On the one hand celebrating tremendous diversity in expression (musical and otherwise), HONK! is one tribe and openly invites you to be part of it.
HONK! ON (HONK! Ontario) is July 26-28 in Toronto (details TBA).