Getting into the groove: Ryerson students unofficially break record for largest maracas ensemble

TORONTO, Sept. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - It's official, almost. Yesterday, over 500 Ryerson students, faculty and staff made musical history by unofficially breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest maracas ensemble.

For two straight minutes, 567 people shook their maracas to the popular Mexican folk song, La Bamba, smashing the previous record of 407 participants set in Manchester, U.K., in 2006.

Ryerson University President Sheldon was joined by Toronto Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam to welcome the enthusiastic crowd of mostly first-year students who gathered on the campus' quad before the challenge got underway.

The university's orientation crew then got everyone pumped up with a few cheers and demonstrated the musical piece that the participants had to play with their maracas. Ari Lyon, a fourth-year Arts and Contemporary Studies student, led the demonstration by singing a few bars from La Bamba and encouraging the crowd to sing along with him and shake their maracas.

The Guinness Challenge, now an annual tradition, is a highlight of Orientation Week for many first-year students. Previous challenges have included the largest beat box ensemble, the biggest dance class and the largest plastic sword fight.

Guinness World Record officials will confirm Ryerson's unofficial record in the coming weeks.

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