Grow Your Own Music

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.

Growing Gourds, Instruments and Music in Community

In 2018, the Philadelphia Freedom Band will be 10 years old. To celebrate, we plan to want to partner with Philadelphia neighborhoods to grow gourds, make instruments and hold community-based concerts.

We are giving seed packets to community gardens in Philadelphia and inviting them to make an instrument and join us in the concert. Our members are growing gourds also for folks who cannot or don’t want to grow them.

If you (or your community) are interested in getting a 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.