CARROLL – Bloom-Carroll High School freshman Chase Hamilton wanted to do something to help publicize the Columbus Honor Flight. So why not try to break the world record for most trumpeters in line at Ohio Stadium?
Hamilton, 14, and 194 other trumpeters performed with the Ohio State Marching Band at halftime of the Buckeyes’ game against Oregon on Saturday in front of more than 100,000 people. He said the 195 mark surpassed the previous Guinness Book of World Records-recognized trumpet line of 172 trumpeters established in Osaka, Japan in 2018.
“It went really well,” said Hamilton. “It was certainly an exciting experience that lasted for two years. A lot of other trumpeters were thrilled and I was happy that we were able to break the record on September 11. It was very good.”
Lancaster resident Charles Hildreth has been referred to as a witness for Guinness due to his background in music, most notably as musical director of The Nostalgics. His friend, Ed Franks, was the other judge. Hildreth met Hamilton through local resident Joe Machado, who works with Honor Flight. Honor Flight transports veterans to Washington DC to visit various war memorials.
Hamilton, who is part of the Bloom-Carroll Marching Band, was also performing for his Boy Scout Eagle Scout project. He said he broke the record but won’t become official for about three months.
“I wanted to publicize Honor Flight,” Hamilton said. “This way people can find out more about Honor Flight and their important mission and what they are doing in the community. That’s why I chose them as the beneficiary and that’s why I chose this project. “
He also wanted to break the record for the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and obtained permission from the state of Ohio for the event.
“Then I just started contacting people that I knew and sent the message through social media and my group manager sent it out through social media as well and we had enough people to go. register and break the record, ”said Hamilton.
The age group for the trumpeters was around 14 for 70 year olds and they marched with the OSU group at half time. They and the group OSU performed a composition by James Swearingen, a composer from Columbus.
“It was a mix of taps, ‘Lincoln Portrait’ of Aaron Copland and ‘America the Beautiful,’ Hamilton said.” It lasted about a minute and 20 seconds. “
He arrived at Ohio Stadium around 6 a.m. on Saturday. The trumpeters rehearsed that morning and also rehearsed the previous Thursday. This means that 195 people only played together twice before entering the pitch.
“It was definitely a tough job to do,” said Hamilton. “Mainly because of the COVID.”
But he said the musicians did well.
“A lot of people were impressed with how well everything went,” said Hamilton. “It was a very nice piece of music. The trumpeters did a great job playing the piece very well.”
Hildreth said judging the event was an experience of a lifetime. He was at the first rehearsal on Thursday a few days before the live performance and called it “spiking the spine.”
“Trumpeters of all ages, that’s what attracted me,” said Hildreth. “Teenagers, and maybe even a little younger, to seniors in a long line of almost 200 trumpeters. It sounded so professional.”
He then watched the rehearsal on Saturday before the game.
“It was quite an experience and it was so well done,” said Hildreth. “As a musician it was a great fanfare. They were all together. Simply amazing.”
After such a great accomplishment, what could he have planned for the future?
“I have a few other ideas that might float,” he said. “Maybe not as big as this one. It was certainly a great thing to do for the 20th anniversary of September 11th. I’m glad that Honor Flight and OSU were able to bring two great organizations together to achieve a great thing for the anniversary of September 11. “