Friday, December 21, 2007

A Tuba World Record?

My husband took the day off work today to perform in Tuba Christmas at Downtown Disney in Anaheim.

Although he's a trombonist, he can play the tuba in a pinch, and he borrowed one from an acquaintance.

627 tuba performers from around the world gathered to play Christmas music. The performance may qualify for the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of tuba players performing together. Although 748 tuba players performed at Disney World's Epcot in 1995, the performance did not submit the necessary paperwork to qualify for the Guinness Book.

The Anaheim group which played today had submitted the paperwork just in case they had enough performers show up to set the record.

A nice slideshow of today's event was posted by the Orange County Register. An audio slideshow was also posted; you can hear 627 tubas playing "O Little Town of Bethlehem" while looking at photos of the concert.

Video is here.

Saturday Morning Update: My husband is in a photo on the front page of today's L.A. Times, but so far it doesn't appear to be on the Times website...

Sunday Update: Here is a scan of the front page of Saturday's L.A. Times (photo by Lori Shepler). Click to enlarge. My husband is the one wearing glasses in the second row, one of the two players behind the righthand "Santa hat" player:


Blogger Missy said...

Do you have a scanner so you can share the image with us? We all want to say we "know" the guy on the front page!


3:15 PM  
Blogger Irene said...

How fun that sounded. I watched the video and was very impressed that all those tuba players stayed together. I first heard about this on MiceChat where someone planned to play and was inviting other tuba players. Would have liked to go hear them but it was our staff Christmas party/lunch yesterday.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

What a fun and very cool thing to do!!! LOL! Love it!
Merry Christmas!

2:55 AM  
Blogger jau said...

I was going to ask you to scan it, too. Please!!!!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks to all of you for your kind comments and interest! My husband was able to scan it for me and it's now posted. :)

Merry Christmas!

9:45 PM  

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