- MSC Cruises
- 14 minutes 26 seconds minute(s):second(s)
- United Kingdom (Southampton)
The fastest mile for a marching band is 14 min 26 sec and was achieved by MSC Cruises and the Imperial Military Band (both UK), aboard the cruise ship MSC Splendida in Southampton, England, UK, on 1 September 2015.
The Imperial Military Band, made up of 21 serving and former military musicians – agreed to take on the challenge even though it meant playing their instruments while marching at a fierce 150 beats-per-minute pace. Tunes played during the march contained military marches including 'Standard of St George’, ‘Sons of the Brave’ and ‘Colonel Bogey’.
MSC Cruises called on surveyor Peter Collings, from Salisbury-based land surveying company LDS to accurately measure the course. Peter’s experience includes providing surveying services at the Olympic Games (Athens 2004, London 2012), Winter Olympics (Sochi 2014) and Commonwealth games (Glasgow 2014).