Thursday, April 15, 2010

 Largest String Ensemble - world record set by String Jam '10

  KIRKLAND, Wash., USA  -- 392 musicians, ranging in age from 5 to 65, from Redmond and the region gathered at the Juanita High School Field House for the "String Jam '10" event, organized by the Redmond Region Orchestra Boosters - setting the new world record for the Largest String Ensemble under one roof .

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   The event netted approximately $7,500 that will be used to support orchestra programs in the Lake Washington School District.

    String Jam '10 was videotaped and monitored by more than 20 designated observers who were posted throughout the performance area to ensure that all registered participants were actually playing.

   Most of the players at String Jam '10 were public school orchestra students who wanted to demonstrate the importance of school music programs, especially in a weak economy.

   The ensemble began the event with a classical piece, Pachelbel's Canon in D and wrapped up its mass performance with Deep Purple's classic rock hit "Smoke on the Water."

 "The excitement, concentration and sheer joy that I saw in participants' faces is a memory that I will keep forever," said Paula C. Ferguson , orchestra teacher at Redmond High School and Redmond Junior High School.

 Photo: Geoffrey Castle leads the Largest String Ensemble

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   "The event was a great reminder to me that we're not just teaching string playing and music but trying to relay to our students the love of music and how it can be part of them for the rest of their lives."

   String Jam 10 was presented by the Redmond Region Orchestra Boosters (a non-profit parent group that supports school orchestra programs), and the Lake Washington School District.

     String Jam was sponsored by Classical KING-FM and the City of Redmond Arts Commission.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

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