World’s Biggest Marimba Ensemble descends on southern Brisbane

Oxley State School
Clare Kenny
| October 11, 2016

Oxley State School in south western Brisbane is busily prepare for their Guinness World Record Attempt on Thursday 3 November. Together with their community, the staff and students of Oxley State School are hoping to claim the title of the ‘World’s Largest Marimba Ensemble’.

This world record attempt is the brainchild of local teacher, Megan Thomson.  Megan was inspired by her past involvement in the successful James Morrison’s ‘Biggest Orchestra’ attempt AND the Smashing Pumpkin’s ‘Biggest Bush Dance’ projects. She’s been working hard all year to prepare the music and logistics for this great event and is eager to boost final registrations ahead of the event in just a few weeks.

The current world record for a big Marimba Ensemble stands at 98 players and is held by a group in South Africa. Megan and Oxley State School would like to smash the record with at least 110 players. All players must play simultaneously for at least 5 minutes in order to break the record and claim the title.

In order to provide the music for the attempt, Megan has been busy arranging various songs for Diatonic Marimba. She has adapted the Music: Count Us In Anniversary Medley for the occasion and the performance will conclude with the performance of the 2016 Music: Count Us In Program Song, ‘Let It Play’. The Music: Count Us In Anniversary Medley has been written especially to mark the program’s 10th year and is available in the Anniversary Song Book – ORDER NOW.

Students, ex-students, teachers, parents, interested community members etc. are all welcome to get involved in this exciting event and have the chance to be part of a new Guinness World Record.

Event Details:

  • Oxley State School Oval
  • Music: Count Us In Celebration Day (Thursday 3 November)
  • 11.15am
  • Players of all ages are welcome
  • BYO Marimba!

Those interested in registering should EMAIL Megan Thomson directly.


  1. Cynthia Howard

    In Southern Tasmania this coming weekend, Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th there is the Marimba Mania. This is an annual event where schools from across Southern Tasmania perform 10 pieces together. We may not beat a world record but we will have a lot of fun sharing music together and performing to the greater public.

    All the best to you Oxley in beating the world record. We hope you have a lot of fun in reaching your goal!

    Marimba on…
    Cynthia Howard – Music Teacher

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