The Guinness world record for the largest mandolin ensemble consisted of 383 participants during the Festival at the Mainhoelle 2005 in Bürgstadt, Germany.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest collection of playable musical instruments made entirely from matchsticks: 10, held by Tony Hall of Hove, East Sussex. The instruments, constructed from used wooden matchsticks by Tony's deceased father Jack Hall include: violin, chin-rest and bow, Neopolitan mandolin, acoustic guitar, flat-back mandolin, tenor banjo, bones (percussion), castanets, descant recorder, drumsticks and ukulele.
Organizer Tara Linhardt announced to the crowd that a total of 389 mandolin players participated in the four songs played, beating the previous record by six players, The Roanoke Times reported.
Participants played "Old Joe Clark," "Cripple Creek," "Angeline the Baker" and "Soldier's Joy" before the crowd erupted in applause, and lifted their mandolins above their heads in celebration of potentially breaking the world record.
The record-breaking attempt was sponsored by Eastman Guitars, a national company that also makes violins and mandolins.
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