372 Trombonists Break a World Record
Not many people can tout that they are included in the Guinness Book of World Records. On last Friday, June 1, 372 trombonists of all ages and ability levels, braving the wet, windy weather, stormed onto the Washington Nationals Park baseball field to break the world record for the largest trombone ensemble. In synchronized breath and melody, the musicians played "76 Trombones" in a tie-in with the Arena Stage's production of The Music Man, which runs through July 22.
Collaborating to make this feat possible, both the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education (FAME) and Arena Stage seek to provide equal access and awareness to the community about performing arts of all genres. "Friday's event was an outstanding opportunity for the many seasoned as well as new musicians to feel the appreciation for their chosen art form," said A. Toni Lewis, president and founder of FAME. "The rain did not deter those who came, and we are so proud and grateful for them."
While the 372 trombonists will officially be recorded in the well-known book, a couple hundred did not make it to the Park. FAME had originally registered 575 trombonists from ages 9-80. The previous record was 289 players.
The ballpark crowd roared with excitement as the musicians fulfilled this one-of-a-kind historical, musical opportunity. Much like the story of The Music Man, the sounds of the trombonists spread joy and optimism through a crowd of thousands.