An Auburn music store is looking to break a world record during Make Music Day on Tuesday, marking the first time a city in Alabama has participated in the day since its inception in 1982.
Make Music Day, an international day of music appreciation that began in France 34 years ago, has spread to 120 countries throughout the world. In the U.S., more than 38 cities take part in the celebration.
While Make Music Day is a day of music appreciation, Tim Spicer of Spicer’s Music is using the first Auburn observation of Make Music Day to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest rock band.
“We wanted to kick it off with a bang since we are the first ones in the state to recognize it,” Spicer said.
The idea came about after Spicer spoke with Aaron Friedman, the head of Make Music Day in the United States, at a trade show for music store owners and manufacturers. After learning about the day and the idea of using music to break down barriers, the Spicers decided to run with it.
“That is kind of everything we stand up and believe in as a store and as a family, so we thought it was something we needed to get involved in,” Spicer said.
In order for the event to break the Guinness World Record, over 520 musicians will have to pack into the Gay Street Municipal Parking Lot at 6 p.m. and play Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” Spicer said.
“We’re planning on 100 to 150 drummers with drum kits, 100 to 200 guitar players plugged into their guitar amps,” Spicer said. “There’s going to be an entire choir section for people who want to come and sing, but don’t play an instrument.”
To include as many people as possible, the band will also incorporate an orchestral section for people who play classical string, brass or woodwind instruments.
“The important thing is we are just trying to bring as many people together from all different walks of life — different beliefs, cultures and backgrounds to come and lift their spirits through music,” he said.
With about 470 signees thus far, Spicer is close to reaching the goal of 520 musicians and hopes to keep the momentum going until the event is concluded, he said.
For event setup, the Gay Street parking lot will be closed all day Tuesday. To stay up to date on possible street closings, follow the city of Auburn on Facebook.
Although Spicer has dedicated much of his time and energy this event, he will still consider the day a success if Auburn doesn’t find itself in the Guinness Book of World Records, he said.
“Worst case scenario is we have hundreds of people come together of all different skill levels and walks of life to play music and to lift spirits,” Spicer said. “Best-case scenario, we have all of that and get to break a world record. We are just excited to bring attention to music and to Auburn.”
Anyone interested in playing in the band can sign up on the Spicer’s Music website, www.spicersmusic.com, or they can register at the event. The event is free and participants will receive free pizza from Marco’s Pizza and a free T-shirt.
After the performance, participants and bystanders 21 years and older are encouraged to attend 17-16, a bar in downtown Auburn, to discuss the day.