More than 900 saxophonists in Australia set record

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Posted: Jun 11, 2011 12:22 AM
More than 900 saxophonists in Australia set record

Six-year-olds with saxophones hanging past their knees have joined more seasoned professionals as saxophonists in Australia set a world record by forming the largest ensemble of the jazz instrument in history.

More than 900 sax enthusiasts gathered at Sydney's Cockle Bay wharf Saturday to belt out "Waltzing Matilda" and "Happy Birthday," in celebration of the opening of the Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival.

According to James Valentine of Australian public broadcaster ABC, a record 940 musicians performed. The old record was 918 participants, led by conductor Jin-Shin You at the Taizhong Jazz Festival in Taiwan in 2008.