Grow Your Own Music

Growing Gourds, Instruments and Music in Community

In 2018, the Philadelphia Freedom Band will be 10 years old. To celebrate, we want to make music with you - with instruments made out of gourds.

If you (or your community) are interested in getting a gourd seed packet, growing gourds and joining us for instrument making sessions and playing in a community concert, click here to fill out a form.

We seek a $10 donation for a packet of 10 seeks, but it is not required.

Gourds - Natural Instruments

Grown world wide and used for many purposes, gourds are natural percussion instruments and resonators. With little or no modification, they can be shaken, strung, blown or struck. Throughout time and communities, gourds instruments have been used to celebrate music for celebrations, rituals and more.