GEHS students performed “Silent Night” and other holiday carols during the USD 231 board meeting Dec. 10. The students were among 835 other musicians from the metro who broke the previous Guinness World Book of Records which was 504 tubas in concert together.
The concert was held Dec. 7 at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City and brought together amateur tuba players from the metro for TubaChristmas, an annual event of holiday music played by tubas alone. Staff photo by Albert Rukwaro


GEHS students performed “Silent Night” and other holiday carols during the USD 231 board meeting Dec. 10. The students were among 835 other musicians from the metro who broke the previous Guinness World Book of Records which was 504 tubas in concert together.
The concert was held Dec. 7 at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City and brought together amateur tuba players from the metro for TubaChristmas, an annual event of holiday music played by tubas alone.
The idea of Tubachristmas started in the United States in 1974 as a way to honor renowned tuba player William Bell who was born on Christmas day. The event is now held all over the world. The event came to Kansas City in 1981, and the Kansas City symphony took over organizational operations in 2008.
Will Biggs, an instructor at GEHS, told the board that the musicians had to play together for five continuous minutes to break the record.
“They played “Silent Night” several times to adhere to the strict standards of the Guinness World Record,” he said.
Pam Stranathan, superintendent, congratulated the students for the achievement.