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String ensemble breaks Guinness record; Junior Achievement volunteers needed

A string ensemble made up of more than 800 Hillsborough County orchestra students and teachers broke the Guinness World Record for the largest string instrument ensemble, district officials announced last week.

The 858-member orchestra assembled May 11 at Williams Middle Magnet School for International Studies, where they attempted to break the record by playing Pachelbel's Canon in D on the violin, viola, cello and bass.

Officials with Guinness World Records notified the Hillsborough school district last week that the orchestra had broken the record for the greatest number of people playing the same tune on string instruments at the same time at a single venue.

Williams music teacher Robert Halczyn worked with Guinness officials to ensure that the district met the requirements to verify that the record was broken. The requirements included submission of clips from news coverage of the event, video and photo documentation, and reports from School Board members and others who witnessed the event.

Junior Achievement volunteers needed

Junior Achievement of West Central Florida is looking for volunteers to present its Diploma See program Oct. 6 to Hillsborough County eighth-graders.

Volunteers visit a local eighth-grade classroom to present the Junior Achievement curriculum and share their personal experiences to discuss the importance of staying in school. Volunteers will attend a training session in the weeks before the presentation.

To get information or to volunteer, visit tampachamber.com.

String ensemble breaks Guinness record; Junior Achievement volunteers needed 08/04/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2011 4:30am]
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