Booral’s Bronco Jensen wants to take the unofficial world record for more lagerphones played at one event back for the Fraser Coast.
Booral’s Bronco Jensen wants to take the unofficial world record for more lagerphones played at one event back for the Fraser Coast. Carlie Walker

Reclaiming ‘our record'

IT'S an unofficial world record, but one that is very close to Bronco Jensen's heart.

The Booral man contacted the Guinness Book of World Records back in 2009.

He wanted to create a new world record in the time-honoured art of lagerphone playing.

For those who don't know lagerphones, also known as mendozas and monkey sticks, they are traditional English percussion instruments, widely used in folk music.

In Australia, the instrument is constructed with a stick and beer bottle tops, a variation of the traditional Aboriginal instrument that uses shells.

Unfortunately for Bronco, the Guinness Book of World Records knocked back his attempt to create a world record for the most number of lagerphones played at the same time at the same event.

But that didn't stop him from wanting to set an unofficial world record and in the small Fraser Coast township of Brooweena in 2009, they did just that during the Queensland 150th birthday celebrations.

The tiny town did themselves proud with 134 people gathering to play the lagerphones at the event.

For about two years Brooweena was able to lay claim to this glorious, though unofficial, record - that is until the devious organisers of the National Folk Festival, held in Canberra, got wind of their achievement.

The insidious festival folk decided to try to snare Brooweena's record, and did so, with 234 lagerphone players performing with the instrument at the same time in March this year.

Now Bronco wants to take the record back for the Fraser Coast.

He is hoping that during the Munna Creek Country Music Festival, lagerphone players will gather from far and wide and take back the region's unofficial world record.

He is encouraging people to start making lagerphones and to donate items to help with the creation of lagerphones.

He has plenty of bottle tops but sticks are proving hard to find.

He is hoping that people might have a few old broom handles and other useable items that will help the region reclaim the record.

He is hoping that if he can create about 200 lagerphones before the event, breaking the record will be a breeze.

Two collection points have been organised for the items - Maryborough Military Museum and Hervey Bay Historical Museum.

The attempt to break the record will be held on October 19 at the Munna Creek Music Festival, just down the road from where it all started in Brooweena.

To help out, give Bronco a call on 0429 912 154 or for more information visit munnacreekhall.com.



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