Chance to blow your own horn
FIFTY-eight Gympie primary school students have taken up renowned trumpeter James Morrison's challenge to break a Guinness world record.
The students from Gympie South, Gympie West, One Mile, Gympie East and Central state schools will be among more than 6000 young musicians to converge on Brisbane on Saturday to break two official Guinness world records in one day: the world's biggest orchestra and the largest trumpet ensemble.
The Gympie schools are joining the event at the invitation of Queensland Music Festival.
Mr Morrison, who is the festival's artistic director, said the two events, to take place at Suncorp Stadium and in the heart of Brisbane City, would ensure the festival kicked off with a bang.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make musical history," he said.
"We need 6500 musicians to break the current record for the world's biggest orchestra and more than 1200 trumpeters to break the record for the largest trumpet ensemble.
"Whether you're part of a school or community orchestra, concert or brass band, a professional musician or play just for fun, we need you to be part of this historic moment."
Arts Minister Ian Walker said the world's biggest orchestra attempt was a way for all Queenslanders to participate in the arts.
"Thousands of people coming together for the chance of a lifetime promises to be a thrilling event and is just one more example of the enormous power the Queensland Music Festival will generate across our state this weekend," Mr Walker said.
Morrison is arranging a set of three iconic pieces specifically for the event.
"Of course, this is an Australian orchestra so we're going to start with Waltzing Matilda, and being a symphonic event, we need to pay tribute to one of the grand masters, so Banjo Patterson will be followed by Beethoven with Ode to Joy.
"And for the grand finale we are going to rock out with Queen's iconic We Will Rock You."