French Horn Ensemble to Attempt Guinness World Record

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Pender's Music Co. invites French horn players of all levels and ages to help set a Guinness World Record for the Largest French Horn Ensemble. The event, coined One Thousand Horns, is scheduled for Saturday, May 19th on the University of North Texas (Denton) Campus.

Pender’s Music Company, one of the nation's largest sheet music providers, invites French horn players of all ages and skill levels to help in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the Largest French Horn Ensemble to Perform at One Time and Place. Dubbed “One Thousand Horns”, the fifteen minute concert is scheduled on Long Horn Day, the last day of the IHS Workshop/Symposium, which is being hosted by the University of North Texas. It will feature the premier performance of Sterling Proctor's "Fanfare for a Thousand," as well as music by Rossini, Beethoven and Strauss.

Long Horn Day is being held in conjunction with the annual workshop which consists of performances, lectures, and demonstrations led by notable horn musicians and contemporaries. 2012 featured artists include world renowned Australian-born French horn player Barry Tuckwell, commonly referred to in many music circles as the God of Horn, and horn virtuoso Tsun Tak Cheung from Hong Kong, who now works in Germany. Many other contributing artists from universities and symphonies all over the country are scheduled to appear, as well as several horn ensembles, choirs, and much more, including UNT’s own multi-Grammy nominated jazz ensemble, the One O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Steve Wiest.

Highlights of Long Horn Day include the Texas College and High School Horn Quartet Competitions, as well as, demonstrations and rehearsals by the Alphorn Festpiel, led by Dr. Peggy DeMers, Associate Professor of Horn at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. Jasper Rees, London-based journalist and author of the book "A Devil to Play: One Man's Year-Long Quest to Master the Orchestra's Most Difficult Instrument," is set to be at the One Thousand Horns record-breaking performance attempt, to serve as a Guinness witness. Television and other media news crews have been notified, so that the event can be documented.

To participate, performers and spectators alike must first register. There is a Special Event Registration price of $10.00 for both non-workshop attendees and those attending Long Horn Day only. Go online for more information and registration procedures regarding the Largest French Horn Ensemble and visit the International Horn Society for updates about the Workshop.

In addition to Pender’s Music Co., one of the country’s largest providers of band sheet music, the other Largest Horn Ensemble sponsors include: Homeless Horns, Houghton Horns LLC, Houser Mouthpieces, Hans Hoyer Horns, The, Music 1st, Dieter Otto Horns, Siegfried's Call, and TrumCor Mutes.

About Pender's Music Co.

Pender's Music Co., one of the nation's leading print music retailers, provides a wide range of sheet music for all occasions to individuals, schools, churches, and music makers worldwide.

Pender's Music Co. is one of the largest distributors of sheet music from virtually all print music publishers, both domestic and international. Large, on-hand inventory of band sheet music, choir sheet music, instrumental sheet music, piano sheet music and much more is available from three fully stocked stores in Denton (TX), Oklahoma City, and Dallas. Expert customer service is provided to individuals, schools and institutions, including special order processing, express shipping options, print-on-demand, and maintaining 30-day accounts for qualifying organizations. Online ordering is available 24/7 (

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