Fastest mile by a marching band: MSC Cruises breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
Southampton, UK -- MSC Cruises has set a new world's best for the 'fastest mile by a marching band' aboard one of its ships, MSC Splendida, while it was berthed in Southampton, UK; musicians from the British Imperial Military Band completed multiple laps of a specially-measured circuit of the giant cruise ship's pool deck, completing the one-mile march in an impressive 14 minutes 26 seconds, thus setting the new world record for the Fastest mile by a marching band,
according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Musicians from the British Imperial Military Band completed multiple laps of a specially-measured circuit of the giant cruise ship's pool deck, completing the one-mile march in an impressive 14 minutes 26 seconds. Photo: Matt Sprake/MSC Cruises (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the fastest marathon by a marching band is 6 hr 56 min 48 sec and was achieved by the Huddersfield Marathon Band (UK) at the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon in London, UK, on 13 April 2014.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the longest group drum roll; it is 64 hr 27 min 59 sec and was achieved by the Corps of Drums of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Band Service (UK) at the Tower of London, London, UK, on 3 May 2014. The band consisted of 21 serving and former military musicians and marched at a fierce 150 beats-per-minute pace.
Band leader Phil Manley said: "When MSC Cruises offered us the chance to set a record on one of its ships it was too good to miss. All the band members have been training hard to play and march at speed. This has been a fantastic challenge – we've played cruise ships away as they've left Southampton before but never been the star attraction ourselves."
Surveyor Peter Collings, from Salisbury-based land surveying company LDS accurately measured the course.