9, February 2016

Guinness record for longest orchestra career

(Full article is here:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3436176/All-bass-Bassist-87-earns-Guinness-World-Record-having-longest-tenure-orchestra-71-YEARS.html  )

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Little’s now in her 71st season with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is a bassist. Her 87th birthday took place February 2.

Little’s streak spanning more than seven decades has earned her a Guinness World Record ‘for longest tenure with an orchestra,’ according to the Washington Post. According to the Washington Post, when the season ends, the longtime bassist is intending to step down.

Little’s Atlanta Youth Symphony debut took place February 4 1945, the newspaper reported.Two years later that symphony turned into the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, it explained.

The Atlanta Symphony tweeted Thursday February 4: ‘Congrats to #WorldRecord holder & ASO Bassist Jane Little – the original #AllAboutThatBass!’

The symphony earlier tweeted an image of her on Tuesday, writing: ‘Happy Birthday Jane Little, bassist with the #ATLsymphony for 71 years! What an inspiration! #pioneer.’

‘It was just me and the lady in Utah [who spent 70 years with the Utah Symphony playing violin].

By the way, Little is 4’11” and plays the double bass. She told the television station: ‘I must be the smallest bass player in the country right now in a major symphony.