Uncommon Musical Instrument Day

Uncommon Musical Instrument Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on July 31st and commemorates the musical instruments that aren’t as common as the ones we are used to seeing on a day-to-day basis. What is an uncommon musical instrument? Well, some of the ones that we like include the Hornucopian Dronepipe, the Hyperbass Flute, the Pyrophone Organ, and the now-infamous Cello Horn.

On this day, you can spend time learning about some of the weirder instruments in history, or you even listen to them thanks to the power of the Internet. And, of course, you can always choose to learn how to play an odd instrument on this holiday.

Interesting Facts About Musical Instruments

Below are some of the fun, informative and exciting facts that we learned about musical instruments. Although we couldn’t list all of the facts we’ve uncovered during our research, we could lay out some of the ones that we liked the most below.

  • In Africa, talking drums were used to transmit messages over long distances.
  • Keith Moon didn’t like performing drum solos.
  • A 356-pound aluminum grand piano was built in the lounge of the airship Hindenburg.
  • Pianos can have over 12,000 individual parts.
  • The guitar can be traced back over 4,000-years.
  • The first trumpets were made about 2,500+ years ago.

Observing Uncommon Musical Instrument Day

We think it’s a great day for everyone to enjoy a musical instrument that’s a little bit unusual. Something like the Hurdy Gurdy, the Medieval Fiddle, or the Tabor Drum. If you’re not confident enough to learn one of these instruments, then you can always take the time to listen to other people playing it on YouTube and other websites. And while you’re celebrating this holiday, don’t forget to use the hashtag #UncommonMusicalInstrumentDay to spread the word about this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2023)
July 31 Monday
Next year (2024)
July 31 Wednesday
Last year (2022)
July 31 Sunday
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