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2 strikes against ‘Rock’

Bid to break percussion record fell short in two ways, spokesman says

Posted: July 19, 2012 5:37 p.m.
Updated: July 19, 2012 5:37 p.m.


“Rock the Rhythm, Beat the Odds” failed to set a new record last May because it lacked enough participants and used instruments that weren’t recognized by Guinness World Records, a spokesman said Thursday.

The event at Cougar Stadium brought together sixth- through eighth-graders throughout the Santa Clarita Valley in a celebration of arts education and a bid to break the record for largest percussion ensemble.

To beat the record, at least 10,106 people needed to play drums or other percussion instruments, said Adam Philipson, managing director of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.

“We didn’t have the numbers that were required to break the record,” Philipson said.

The number of participants wasn’t the only problem, Philipson said. More than 7,000 students gathered at Cougar Stadium, along with nearly 3,000 people in the stands, for the event. Some played drums but many played specially designed drumheads in a wooden frame.

“For a variety of reasons, (Guinness) did not classify that instrument,” Philipson said of the drumheads. “It has to be an instrument that is used widely.”

But it was still all worth it, Philipson said.

“I think at this point I’m just really proud that we were able to be part of something that was epic for this community,” Philipson said.




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