10,000 Harmonicas And A Jumbotron

Friday night in Houston, the Astros lost to the L.A. Dodgers 4 to 2. But the game may have been an afterthought for many of the 10,000 fans in the stands who had shown up to make their way into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest harmonica ensemble.

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Last night in Houston, the Astros lost to the L.A. Dodgers 4-2.� But the game may have been a mere afterthought for many of the 10,000 fans in the stands who'd shown up to try to make their way into the "Guinness Book of World Records" with the largest harmonica ensemble.

Unidentified Man #1: (Unintelligible)

SIMON: The event was sponsored by the producers of the documentary film "Pocket Full of Soul." Organizers handed out free, color-coded harps in the key of C. Harmonica-playing professionals, standing at home plate and projected onto the Jumbotron, instructed(ph) the audience, which was divided into three parts, according to harmonica color - red, blue or green. Then it was time to attempt "I'm A Man" by Bo Diddley.

Unidentified Man #2: (Unintelligible)

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SIMON: An adjudicator from "Guinness" was on hand and will make the final call as to whether the old record, set in 2009 by a group of harmonica players from Hong Kong, has been broken.�

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