Tim Spicer hopes Auburn can "blow the record out of the park" on Tuesday, when Auburn residents will gather for the second time in an attempt to create the largest rock band in the world for Make Music Day.
Make Music Day is an international celebration of music that takes place on June 21 (Wednesday) each year. Auburn will kick-start the musical festivities with Make Music Day Alabama on Tuesday.
Spicer, owner of Spicer's Music in Auburn, said most cities host concerts, jam sessions, drum circles and other musical collaborations throughout the world, but his company decided to take it to the next level last year, when Auburn celebrated the day for the first time.
"Since it was our first year getting involved in it, and we learned that in the state of Alabama there had never been a city take part in Make Music Day, we thought we'd do something a little crazy and try to break a world record," he said.
The 850-member community "rock band" that formed in the Gay Street parking lot last year included vocalists, guitarists — electric and acoustic — bassists, a horn section and even an accordionist and one harpist, but fell just short of claiming the Guiness record for the world's largest band. The record was set by China with 953 people forming a band there.
Spicer said attendance is already up this year compared to last year; 800 people have already pre-registered via www.spicersmusic.com.
"Last year at this time, we were around 350-400 that had pre-registered, so we're substantially above what we were last year as far as that is concerned," Spicer said. "We need at least 954 people. We're shooting for 1,500 just to try to blow the record out of the park."
Those interested in participating can pre-register up until 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Starting at 2 p.m., registration and check-in will be available at the Gay Street parking lot, where Make Music Day Alabama will take place.
Spicer encourages any drummers and people playing larger instruments to check in before 3 p.m. so they have time to get a good parking place and set up. He encourages other people bringing instruments to come by at least 5 p.m. to have time to find their place and check in.
The event will begin at 6 p.m.
As participants arrive, sheet music will be passed out, allowing for some last minute practice time. Those who pre-register will be sent instructional videos of how to play the song that has been chosen for this year's Make Music Day Alabama.
Spicer chose "All for You" by Sister Hazel, an alternative rock band that came to fame in the '90s.
"Last year we did 'Sweet Home Alabama,' and we wanted to do a different song this year and offer some different people an opportunity to get involved," Spicer said. "We reached out to a number of groups, and Sister Hazel jumped back early on. They're just a great group of guys. They're very supportive, not only of live music, but of anything that is an opportunity to give back."
Sister Hazel band members Ken Block and Drew Copeland will be coming to help the group perform on Tuesday.
Spicer said he hopes everyone will consider coming out to participate.
"We're looking for Grammy award winners to just about any person who loves music," he said. "Anybody who can come and take part and sing or hit a cowbell or blow into a kazoo — you don't have to be the best singer in the world to take part. It's a community thing, and it's about numbers. We're at that last push where we're trying to get just a few more to sign up to take part in it."
To pre-register, visit www.spicersmusic.com or show up on Tuesday at the Gay Street parking lot as early as 2 p.m. to register and check in.