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‘Rock’ record falls short

Organizers say the event was nonetheless a success

Posted: July 17, 2012 6:47 p.m.
Updated: July 17, 2012 6:47 p.m.


“Rock the Rhythm, Beat the Odds” — the much-touted event in May aimed at setting a new world record while promoting arts education — fell short of its record-setting goal, College of the Canyons officials said Tuesday.

But organizers insisted there were no sour notes sounded because the event succeeded in its second goal.

“The attempt at the record was just a part of what this event was truly about — shining a spotlight on the need to keep arts education alive in schools and what can happen when a community comes together in support of developing the whole child,” said Adam Philipson, managing director of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons. “And in that mission, I think everyone can agree, we succeeded with flying colors.”

“Rock the Rhythm, Beat the Odds,” held May 18 after months of practice, gathered more than 7,000 sixth- through eighth-grade students at Cougar Stadium and paired them with nearly 3,000 people in the stands, all playing drums or other percussion instruments at the same time in a bid to break the standing record for largest percussion ensemble.

That record was set in Hong Kong in 2002 when 10,120 people played a percussive rhythm for more than six minutes, according to the Guinness World Records website.

Guinness officials ruled “Rock the Rhythm, Beat the Odds” came up short in its bid to break the 2002 record.




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