Local Students Exceed World Record

Hull Middle and Peachtree Ridge High musicians assemble world's largest instrumental string ensemble.

Students from Hull Middle School in Duluth and Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee attempted to break a Guinness World Record Wednesday (May 2) as nearly 900 gathered to play their string instruments at Hull Middle School.

They assembled the world’s largest instrumental string ensemble, reportedly beating the old record of 858 by 15 with 873 musicians. The students played a fiddle tune called “Bile Them Cabbage Down.” Their effort will be submitted for verification for entry in the record book.

“It’s a once in a lifetime thing for the kids,” said Hull MS Orchestra Teacher Dana Lu, who added that she hoped this would get the students excited about playing their instruments.

Kyle Rosales, a Hull sixth grader, said: “It’s really awesome. Crazy and pretty awesome. I’d be excited if we could win.”

“It’s fun to get everyone together!” said Hull seventh grader Gabriella Garcia, who plays the violin in the orchestra. She also plays the piano.

Gavin Johnston carried a big bass onto the field beside the school. “This is a three-fourths [size], it’s pretty heavy.” He stopped to rest in the almost 90-degree heat.

The students cheered and raised their bows after playing the song twice in the hot sun.

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