Just for the Record – A Vinyl Day

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Just for the Record – A Vinyl Day - Virtual
Saturday, April 17, 2021
12- 3pm

Just for the Record – A Vinyl Day is an annual celebration of music, culture, art and sound. In its fourth year, the event will bring music and information about vinyl from 12 to 3 pm. The free virtual event is open to everyone interested in music and vinyl. All ages welcome. No registration needed.

Schedule of Events

Make Music Montgomery Contest
12 p.m.

Featuring performances from a group of selected musical acts from residents, with judging and commentary by a distinguished panel of experts.

Make Music Montgomery is a musical competition, part of Just for the Record – A Vinyl Day Virtual event. A selected group of musical acts will perform and showcase their talents at the contest. To participate in the contest, please see information about Make Music Montgomery. All County residents or people who work in the County are invited to apply and participate. Deadline for submission of musical acts is midnight on Wednesday, March 10th.

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Vinyl Records Workshop – Pricing Vinyl
1 p.m.

A workshop on vinyl record pricing hosted by Lance Salins, Director of Business Operations of Friends of the Library Montgomery County, Inc. and antiques collector, Ray Brennan.

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Panel Discussion on Racial Equity and Social Justice in Music
2 p.m.

Panel members:

  • Olivia Ellis Randolph, Takoma Radio (WOWD-FM) Station Manager.
  • Daryl Davis, international recording artist, actor, author and leader of The Daryl Davis Band.
  • Dianne Be, Takoma Radio (WOWD-FM)
  • Other panelists TBA

Panel discussion moderated by Garrett McQueen.

Mr. McQueen has performed as a bassoonist in venues across the country, including Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, Detroit’s Max M. Fisher Music Center, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Giving voice and offering space to music by Black and contemporary composers drives McQueen’s passion for the art form and continues to be his primary interest when it comes to playing the bassoon and advocating for “classical” music.

Today, McQueen "performs" over the airwaves and on the digital stage, with content featured on the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and local public radio stations across the country. Additionally, he's given music and racial equity presentations at festivals, conferences, schools, colleges, and universities.

McQueen holds a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon from the University of Memphis, and a Master of Music in Bassoon from the University of Southern California. McQueen works as an equity consultant, guest speaker, curator, and presenter at the intersection of race and "classical" music. He serves on the board of the American Composers Forum as the Equity Committee Chair, and is on the leadership teams of the Black Opera Alliance, the Gateways Music Festival and the International Society of Black Musicians.

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Make Music Montgomery

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is accepting musical submissions for our Virtual 2021 Make Music Montgomery contest.


All County residents or people who work in the County are invited to apply and participate.

Type of musical submissions

  • Submitted acts must contain a live musical element but may also include dance or other forms of artistic expression.
  • Acts are desired in a variety of languages and cultures from people of all ages and abilities.


Please submit a virtual audition file no longer than 3 minutes in length by midnight on March 10, 2021.


  • The audition file should be an audio/video recording of your intended performance.
  • Submissions can be provided via:
    • Email: Email the file or link to MCPL.MakeMusic@montgomerycountymd.gov
    • Performers can also mail or deliver their audition file/media to Eric Carzon, Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.
    • Personal delivery: To deliver a file personally, please call the Connie Morella Library to arrange the delivery of your item via the Holds-2-Go process, 240-777-0970.
  • Performers can submit the file or media in any common format, send an inquiry to MCPL.MakeMusic@montgomerycountymd.gov as early as possible if you have questions.

Final performances @ Just for the Record – A Vinyl Day Virtual event

  • Selected musical acts will be able to refine their act and have it played during the first hour of the Virtual Just for the Record – A Vinyl Day event on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 12 to 3 pm on Facebook Live.
  • A panel of community “celebrity” judges will discuss each act live (virtually) with each performer.
  • Based upon musicality, creativity and originality, the judges will award first ($100 value) and second prizes ($50 value) and provide constructive advice. Prizes are funded by the primary program sponsor, the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc.


This event is hosted in partnership with Montgomery County Public Libraries, Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Friends of the Library, Silver Spring Chapter, Levine Music, Open Sky Jazz, and Takoma Radio.

Featured Library Resources

Remember to check MCPL’s digital collection to celebrate music and the spirit of Just for the Record – A Vinyl Day. Some staff picks for you include: