Blow Your Horn! Trumpeters Needed to Break Record

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"Southington Brass" Aspires to Break Guinness Record for Largest Trumpet Ensemble

Our goal is to reach the 1,200 milestone

The first trumpets were used by ancient tribes, often in times of war. A group from Southington, Connecticut, wants to use trumpets for a different kind of battle, namely, to break a Guinness World Record.

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, the musical group “The Southington Brass” will host a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest trumpet ensemble. The event will be held at Southington High School in Southington, Connecticut.    At least 1,200 trumpeters are needed to break the record, currently held by a group from Bolivia.

Southington is about two hours from both New York City and Boston.

“There are literally thousands of talented trumpet players from New York to Boston,” says Erik Semmel, one of the event organizers. “We already have a few hundred registrants, but our goal is to reach the 1,200 milestone.” Semmel says that during the afternoon, there will be performances by trumpeters Dominick Farinacci and Louise Baranger and a “master class” held in the school’s auditorium.

Semmel notes that all levels of trumpet talent are encouraged to participate, from elementary and middle school students to accomplished adults. “The music we will play to achieve the record is easy and is available when we receive a completed registration form. Forms can be downloaded at http://www.southingtonbrass.com, said Semmel. All registrants will receive a raffle ticket entering them in a drawing for a Blessing Trumpet. Those who register prior to the event will receive two raffle tickets.

When: Saturday, April 21, 2012. 11:00 am registration begins, 1:00 pm warm ups, 1:30 performance, 2:00 pm exhibits and concerts, 5:00 pm close of event. The event will be held rain or shine. Southington High School indoor facilities will be used in case of rain.

Where: Southington High School, 720 Pleasant Street, Southington, CT.

Fee: Registration fees are $20 in advance or $30 at the door and will benefit three worthy organizations; The Mill Foundation for Kids - http://www.millfoundation.org, Southington High School Band Backers - http://www.shsbands.com and the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) - http://www.cmea.org.

For the full schedule and more information, go to http://www.southingtonbrass.com.

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