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Ann Arbor 4th of July Parade

UPDATE: Our meeting place is Spot #76, on Maynard between William and E Jefferson. If you can't find us, ask a parade volunteer for help. 

SET LIST: (all charts and MP3s are in the More/Files section)

Ukes on the March

This Land Is Your Land

When The Saints Go Marching In

You're  A Grand Old Flag Medley --- New MP3 posted!

Tree Town Ukes are planning to march in the parade again this year, and maybe we'll throw in a spontaneous flash mob performance right after. Open to suggestions on this. 

Meeting place is usually near the corner of Maynard St. & E. William St. The exact meeting spot is usually announced about a week prior to parade.

Travel light -- Take the uke but leave the case in the car. Bring a small backpack if you like with water, sunscreen, hat, camera. Wear sneakers, light clothing, Tree Town shirt or Aloha shirt. 

Parking is free but give yourself extra time, as roads will be blocked and closed around downtown. 

Siblings, spouses, children, all welcome to come march, sing, play kazoo, hold the banner, etc. 

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  • Barbara G.

    Great Fourth of July uke event. Thanks Greg and Annette.

    July 7, 2014

  • Rich G.

    Thanks Greg and Annette for organizing. We had a great uke group and we could actually be heard by the spectators. Fun!

    July 7, 2014

  • Brooke H.

    Great fun time. Thanks all for making this happen. Smile

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Roxanne M.

    Thanks to Annette too. Loved the hat!!!

    July 5, 2014

  • Roxanne M.

    What a blast!!! It was great to see the crowds really enjoying it. (Though I will not be playing When The Saints Go Marching In- anytime soon. ) They loved it!!!!!!
    Thanks Greg for setting it up, and it was really great to spend some time with fellow ukers and just talk!

    1 · July 5, 2014

  • Jim M

    What's not to like about ukulele players?! Fun time had by all!

    1 · July 5, 2014

  • dave a.

    very enjoyable weather, crowds, as well as our uke players!

    1 · July 5, 2014

  • Greg

    This was our 5th parade (I think) and probably our best yet. The crowd really enjoyed us.

    2 · July 5, 2014

  • Fawn K.

    Great weather, enthusiastic crowd, fun jam afterward, talented new ukers and helpful non-playing marchers/banner carriers!

    2 · July 4, 2014

  • Alice N.


    1 · July 4, 2014

  • moetrout

    What time should we be at spot #76?

    June 30, 2014

    • Greg

      I'd say 9:30-9:45. We are toward the back this year so we will probably not start marching till after 10. But it helps if we can get together and practice.

      1 · July 1, 2014

    • moetrout

      Thanks, I'll be there early!

      July 1, 2014

  • Greg

    All are welcome, even spouses, friends, kids, etc. Those who don't play uke can still march, sing, play kazoo or hold the banner. It will probably be hot so I recommend traveling light. Carry only a uke and put anything else in a purse or backpack -- leave the case in the car.

    Wear comfortable walking shoes, and you might want to bring a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water. Since we will be walking and playing, it's probably not too safe to be looking at an iPad. Some people tape a cheat sheet to the top of the uke, but I would suggest memorizing 1 or 2 songs (the easiest are When The Saints and This Land Is Your Land) that way you can look at the crowd instead of the sheets. The crowd can't really hear us too well anyway so don't worry if you are not 100%. Just have fun.

    1 · June 28, 2014

    • moetrout

      Can we throw candy to the kids?

      June 28, 2014

    • Greg

      7. Throwing of items (including candy) is NOT PERMITTED. You MAY hand out items (including candy) to people along the route. Do not encourage crowd participants to run out into the street. We prefer you drop items closer to the curbs. Please refer to a parade marshal with questions.

      June 29, 2014

  • moetrout

    My daughter would like to march with us and carry her uke. Do they allow us to throw candy for the kiddies watching the parade?

    June 27, 2014

    • Annette

      We can hand candy, but not throw.

      June 28, 2014

  • Ben H.

    I'll do my best to come :)

    June 28, 2014

  • moetrout

    I do believe everyone is welcome since some will just march and not be playing, like my daughter. Those are the only four songs we will be playing in the parade. As for the music sheets, I am planning on revising the format of mine so I can tape them on the side of my uke.

    June 28, 2014

  • Karen Kay R.

    Hey Guys, Sorry I missed the last Meet up, But I still want to march in the Parade. Is that possible? or did I forfeit my spot by missing the last rehearsal? Are these the only 4 songs we are playing? Do we need to memorize the chords? How can we march with the sheet music or our Ipads?? Oooh the questions I have, Who can answer them? Whoo?

    June 27, 2014

  • moetrout

    Flash mob suggestion:

    We all get Spiderman glasses and you know the rest!

    June 27, 2014

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