Winner in Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records Confirms Arena Stage And Fame Achieve Title For Largest Trombone Ensemble
January 11, 2013
FAME Contact: Shayna Bayard
Arena Stage Contact: Greta Hays
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS CONFIRMS
ARENA STAGE AND FAME ACHIEVE TITLE FOR
LARGEST TROMBONE ENSEMBLE
(Washington, D.C.) Inspired by The Music Man’s signature song “76 Trombones,” Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater partnered with FAME – Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education in an attempt to set the world record for the largest trombone ensemble Friday, June 1, 2012 at Nationals Park – home of the Washington Nationals. This month, Arena Stage received confirmation from Guinness World Records that this goal was achieved, and with a total of 368 participating trombonists the new record was set.
Under the direction of Lawrence Goldberg, music director for Arena Stage’s production of The Music Man (May 11 – July 22, 2012 directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith), the participants performed a special orchestration by Goldberg cheekily called “7600 Trombones” created specifically for the event that featured eight different trombone parts arranged for players of varying levels of ages, backgrounds and abilities. In addition to musicians from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, registered participants traveled from as far away as New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Canada.
The attempt was nearly rained out by a torrential storm that caused many of the more than 550 registered musicians to not participate. Luckily, enough motivated trombone players braved the elements and helped to set this new record. Maryland Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith and noted trombone player Leon D. Rawlings were the official witnesses of the attempt.
The attempt and partnership by Arena Stage and FAME was done in celebration of Arena Stage’s production of The Music Man, and to promote the value of quality music education and performance.
WTOP was a proud sponsor of this event. Throughout the entire month of June, FAME received more than $30,000 in free air-time and in-kind contributions as WTOP’s Charity of the Month. This program was established to help non-profits raise community awareness, promote their events and help with fundraising efforts. The charity chosen each month receives a total of 64 30-second on-air promotional announcements on WTOP Radio and Federal News Radio, as well as promotional content on wtop.com and federalnewsradio.com/ throughout the month. The Gazette and Washington Informer newspapers served as media sponsors.
FAME-Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education is a community, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing equal access to outstanding young performing and visual artists who are disproportionately affected by their social and economic backgrounds. Our mission at FAME is to
cultivate high-quality opportunities for outstanding young musicians to perform in venues that might not customarily be available due to lack of access, and to help them excel academically. Founded in 2004, FAME speaks for the young performing artist who has been silenced at school due to budgetary cutbacks and/or the total elimination of performing arts programs; subsequently, FAME is committed to enriching the overall literacy in the community via the performing arts and the humanities. Fameorg.org
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater is a national center dedicated to the production, presentation, development and study of American theater. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Producer Edgar Dobie, Arena Stage is the largest company in the country dedicated to American plays and playwrights. Arena Stage produces huge plays of all that is passionate, exuberant, profound, deep and dangerous in the American spirit, and presents diverse and ground-breaking work from some of the best artists around the country. Arena Stage is committed to commissioning and developing new plays through the American Voices New Play Institute. Now in its seventh decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 300,000. arenastage.org