Marsden Jazz Festival 2014 will see scores of talented musicians descend on the village to perform - but you can join the fun and make some music of your own, too!

Families can join the fun at this year's festival, to be held October 10-12, with free street music workshops and performances of a musical tale about a duck with an unusual talent.

Free street music workshops

In preparation for the festival's annual street music parade, workshops will be held to give families the chance to make their own headdresses and noisy instruments for the event and a pre-festival session will be held so visitors can perfect their parade tunes and riffs.

On Saturday September 20 and Saturday September 27, at 10am and 1pm, Noisy Costume Workshops will be held at Marsden Parochial Hall, were artist Rachel Ellis will help people to make noisy hats, headdresses and other accessories. Bring along your old pots and pans and convert them into music makers - or make noisy accessories like whoopie cushion epaulettes!

Once you've made your costume, you can attend the Huffin', Puffin' and Bashin' workshops at Marsden United Church on Wednesday October 8 and Thursday October 9 at 7.15pm.

Musician Tim Hill will lead a noisy session where festival fans can sing, play their own instruments, play a kazoo and learn tunes and riffs to perform during the street parade.

Marsden Jazz Festival's Street Music Parade will set off from the top of Peel Street on Saturday October 11 at noon. Eight-piece brass and reeds street band Tongues of Fire will accompany revellers, as well as the mysterious Hurly Burly, a mechanical amusement on wheels kitted out with bells,whistles and alarms.

Why not join the jazz festival fun and take part in this year's parade? For more information about the workshops, click here.

Click below for pictures of last year's parade

 

I Have A Duck Who Can Roar       

I Have A Duck Who Can Roar will be performed at Standedge Visitor Centre
I Have A Duck Who Can Roar will be performed at Standedge Visitor Centre
      

Youngsters will love the whimsy of I Have A Duck Who Can Roar, a musical story full of audience participation. Written by Chris Bridges and illustrated by Ann Gilligan, the story will be performed by the Living Story Music Ensemble, the group behind the sell-out performance of The Smartest Giant in Town at last year's festival.

The performances will take place on Saturday October 11, at noon and 2pm, at the Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre.

Tickets cost £6/£3 (age 16 and under) - click here to book or call 0845 519 4415.

Who's playing Marsden Jazz Festival 2014? Click here for the headliners.

Don't miss a thing with our what's on guide for Friday, Saturday and Sunday - the full line-up for each day with details of times, venues and ticket costs.