UNC School of the Arts student sets whistling world record

Walker Harnden

Walker Harnden

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem has whistled the highest note in history.

The Lake Wylie Pilot reported that 19-year-old Pittsboro sophomore Walker Harnden’s achievement was recently certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.

“The highest note whistled is a B7 (3951 Hz), which was achieved by Walker Harnden (USA) at the Hoad Recital Hall, University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA, on 7 November 2013,” Guinness officials said online.

The Guinness Book of World Records certified and posted the accomplishment 12 weeks later.

Harnden whistled the “B7” note, which is the B just below the high C on a piano.

The previous record for highest note whistled was held by Jennifer Davies of Canada, who whistled the second E above middle C.

UNC School of the Arts professor Robin Driscoll said he was astounded when he first heard Harnden whistle.

“It was pretty impressive,” he said. “He kept going higher and higher, an octave higher, and I was like, ‘Oh, my God.’”

Watch video of Harnden’s record-setting whistle below:

Read more: The Lake Wylie Pilot

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