Pianist Pat Jones, a former student of State Rep. and Duval Delegation Chairman Stan Jordan, has registered with the Guinness World Records in London, England, to compete for the “The Longest Keyboard Playing Marathon by an Individual. “ The current world record holder is Charles Brunner, who played for 64 hours in 2006. Jones intends to play for 72 hours beginning Monday and she should finish the marathon on or about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Jones will play at Theresa’s Piano Gallery on Lake Gray Boulevard.
Jones was a student of Jordan’s at Harborview Elementary School and has asked him to serve as the master of ceremonies for the kick-off and victory celebration.
“It is an honor to be a part of this historic effort to break a world record by one of my former students,” said Jordan. “As William Jennings Bryan once said, ‘You may never know to whom you are speaking when you speak to a child.’ This event highlights the positive impact a teacher can have in the life of a student.”
Guinness World Records requirements for the “Longest Keyboard Playing Marathon by an Individual” include:
• Five-minute break after each hour allowed ( breaks can be accumulated if not taken)
• Must begin playing again within 30 seconds after each song
• Only actual time playing counts toward record (breaks excluded)
• All songs must last more than two minutes
• All songs must be recognizable songs (no improvisation)
• No song can be repeated within four hours
• Qualified medical personnel must be present at all times
• A recorder must document each segment in accordance with Guinness requirements
• A video recording must be made of the entire marathon
• No mechanical or electrical accompanying instruments/devices allowed