Denver-Based Music Association Attempting to Break World Record for Largest Ukulele Lesson, Calling for Public Participation

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On Saturday, September 25, Swallow Hill Music in Denver will attempt to break the world record for largest ukulele lesson, the current record being 851 participants at the London Ukulele Festival in 2009. Swallow Hill Music is calling for public participation for the event, no limit to age or ukulele experience!

The hills are alive with the sound of…ukulele? Denver’s Swallow Hill Music sure hopes so as they attempt to break the record for the world’s largest ukulele lesson this Saturday, September 25, 1 p.m. at Ruby Hill Park in west Denver. 852 ukuleles (ukes) is the magic number Swallow Hill Music needs to take the title, the previous record being set at the London Ukulele Festival on June 20, 2009. Swallow Hill Music is encouraging people of all ages and experience levels to come participate. No previous ukulele experience required! Thanks in part to private donors and contributions from the Scientific Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), Swallow Hill Music will provide 400 ukuleles to help reach this goal, but encourages anyone who already owns a uke to bring it with them. Denver’s own ukulele virtuoso Ukulele Loki will lead the lesson.

In recent years the ukulele has become a mainstay in pop music culture, with musicians like Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz and Paul McCartney bringing it to the forefront of their songs. Not only is the ukulele simple in design, it is also simple in theory and easy to play, making it an ideal instrument to learn at any age. By captivating a world-record breaking audience on Saturday with the quaintness of this instrument, Swallow Hill Music hopes to garner excitement in people of all ages and show them that it is never too late to pick up an instrument and play.

This event is part of the Denver Urban Gardens 25th anniversary celebration, where on Saturday they will break ground on their 100th garden. Following the ukulele lesson, Swallow Hill Music presents Lucy Kaplansky, Patty Larkin, Justin Roberts and Mono Verde in a concert that is free and open to the public.

For more information on the world’s largest ukulele lesson, please visit or contact Chip Herter: 303.765.2488, chip(at)swallowhillmusic(dot)org; for more information on the Denver Urban Gardens 25th Anniversary event please visit

About Swallow Hill Music Association:
Helping people make and enjoy music since 1979, Swallow Hill Music celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2009 as one of the largest nonprofit institutions of its kind in the United States as a source for roots, folk and acoustic music. In 2008, Swallow Hill Music served more than 80,000 people through their concert, school and outreach programming. With more than 2,300 members, Swallow Hill provides a place to celebrate music that is rarely heard elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain Region. Three concert venues house more than 200 performances a year, featuring some of the world's great artists as well as up-and-coming new talent. Swallow Hill’s Julie Davis School of Music offers classes for every interest, skill level and member of the family. A faculty of 60 instructors provides training to more than 4,000 students. A Tier II member of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Swallow Hill Music has been named one of the Top 25 Movers & Shakers in Arts & Culture by the Rocky Mountain News, has won both the Mayor's and Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts and countless "Best of Denver" awards, has been recognized by the North American Folk Alliance, and is one of the most sought-after venues by roots, folk and acoustic performers in the country.

WHAT: World’s largest ukulele lesson, presented by Swallow Hill Music
WHERE: Ruby Hill Park | 1505 W. Jewell Ave, Denver, 80223
MEDIA CONTACT: Chip Herter | 303.765.2488 | chip(at)swallowhillmusic(dot)org

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