Published 20 June 2016
World Music Day takes place every year on the 21 June and sees incredible free festivals and concerts held all over the globe.
The ‘Fête de la Musique’ was first introduced in France in 1982 and has since turned into a huge global celebration of music.
In honour of the occasion, Guinness World Records here shares ten of the quirkiest and most amazing music-related world records – including lots of impressive titles achieved by kids.
1. Youngest drummer
The youngest professional drummer is Julian Pavone (USA, b. 14 May 2004). As of 24 January 2012, he was 7 years 8 months 10 days old.
Julian started off by playing while seated on his father’s lap, at the age of just three months, and released his first CD, Go Baby!, at the age of just 23 months.
He plays a 22-piece kit, including 17 cymbals.
Julian’s father used to play music to his mother’s pregnant belly and Julian would kick back with some amazingly tuneful rhythms.
2. Most air guitar championships won
The annual Air Guitar World Championships is staged in Oulu, Finland. As of August 2015, three oxygen-strummers had won the title twice—Zac “The Magnet” Monro (UK, right) rocked to glory in 2001 and 2002, Ochi “Dainoji” Yosuke (Japan) won in 2006 and 2007, and France’s Sylvian “Gunther Love” Guimene won in 2009 and 2010.
3. Most concerts by a vegetable orchestra
The Vegetable Orchestra (Austria) perform using instruments constructed solely from fresh vegetables.
Between April 1998 and September 2012, they gave a total of 77 concerts in venues worldwide.
The ensemble use a wide range of vegetables to produce their unique sounds, including flutes made from carrots and percussion made from pumpkins.
4. Largest violin
Created by the Vogtland masters of violin- and bow-making (DEU), this giant violin is 4.27 m (14 ft) long, has a maximum width of 1.4 m (4 ft 7 in) and is played with a 5.2-m-long (17-ft) bow.
5. Largest samba band
The largest samba band consisted of 1,675 players and was achieved by Inspire-works, Street Child World Cup (both UK) and 27 London schools at The Royal Albert Hall in London, UK, on 3 March 2014.
The record attempt was planned to raise awareness about the difficulties children living on the street face around the world.
6. Largest disco ball
Little says glitz and glamour more than a disco ball, so you can only assume that 2014’s Bestival, held on the Isle of Wight, UK, was truly a glitz-fest! The mega mirror ball, with a diameter of 33 ft 10 in (10.33 m), was made by British studio Newsubstance, who said of its construction: “It’s taken three months of blood, sweat, and mirror tiles to design and fabricate this gigantic beast.”
7. Youngest club DJ
Dextrous One, aka Brandan Duke (CAN, b. 10 Nov 2006), made his professional debut as a DJ at the Kool Haus club in the Guvernment entertainment complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 15 Jun 2013 aged 6 years 217 days.
“I made the crowd go crazy!” said Brandan, who first took to his father’s decks at the age of three and who still needs a riser to reach the turntables.
8. Largest drum kit
Named “The Big Boom,” this dizzying drum set would require a pair of seriously long arms to play! Created by the Austrian group Drumartic, the kit is the world’s largest in terms of size dimensions.
It’s a 5.2:1-scale replica of a pro kit, with each piece sized in proportion to its regular-size equivalent. The quartet not only presented the kit for measuring in Lienz, Austria, on October 7, 2012, but also gave it a bash!
9. Youngest professional music producer
The youngest professional music producer is Brandon Bailey Johnson (USA), who was aged 12 years, 363 days at the time of release of his debut album "My Journey", on 21 February 2015.
10. Largest electronic keyboard ensemble
The largest electronic keyboard ensemble consists of 400 participants, achieved by Sri Veenavani Music School (India) in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, on 6 September 2015.
All participants played their own keyboard and performed a variety of songs including the Indian national anthem.
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