There might have been 76 trombones leading the big parade in “The Music Man” but an even more spectacular number of trumpets are expected to march across the Greenways Trail bridge into River Park Square on October 1, in conjunction with Denver Bierman and the Mile High Orchestra’s free concert in River Park.

Jim Hartung and Mark Miller imagined the possibility of a Trumpet Challenge and envisioned a world record assembly of trumpet players of all ages and abilities from not just Marshall County but the region.  Miller contacted Denver, a Plymouth native, and asked if he was interested in helping them pull off the event during his afternoon performance.  According to Mark, Denver was more than excited and offered to write an original song for the horn players.  A post from Denver calling all interested trumpeters from novices to professionals appears on The REES Facebook page. 

According to Hartung: “We want to set a world record for the most trumpeters playing simultaneously in one place and thought a Trumpet Challenge in conjunction with The REES‘ grand re-opening would be a perfect time to do it.  We believe the current record is 343.”

The date of the Trumpet Challenge is set for October 1st and also coincides with the Harvest Festival of Bands at Plymouth High School.  Participation in the event is not limited to high school band members.  “If you play or played the trumpet and still have it, we’d love to have you come out and join the fun,” said Miller, adding with a smile,  “In fact, we’ve had a couple of older gentlemen already express an interest.”

Sponsors for the event to date include The REES Theatre, Marshall County Tourism, Bowen Printing, Sweetwater, and All-Pro Sound.

For more information go to the World Record Trumpet Challenge Facebook page and to register for the challenge go to Registration Link

The REES will be with us on the “What’s Your Opinion Show” Thursday at 9:45.  Tune in to learn more at FM 106.1 or AM 1050

Photo: Denver Bierman challenging all trumpeters to join the World Record Trumpet Challenge on Oct. 1st at River Park Square in Plymouth, Indiana during the REES for the Stars Grand Reopening event. Denver Bierman and the Mile High Orchestra will perform after the challenge from 1-3 pm.