19-year-old Walker Harnden is a sophomore at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. As an oboe major, he’s learning to master one instrument, but as it turns out, he’s pretty impressive at hitting musical notes in another manner. As The News & Observer reports, Walker is an amazing whistler.
Guinness World Records has just recently certified Walker as having whistled the highest note ever. On their site, Guinness writes, “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. A B7 is the 2nd to top note on a piano keyboard.”
The News & Observer notes that he broke the record previously held by Jennifer Davies of Canada, “who whistled the second E above middle C at the Impossibility Games in Dachau, Germany, on Nov. 6, 2006.” Ms. Davies still holds the lowest note ever whistled, but Walker has no plans to go low, “She [Davies] has me beat there by a whole step, and I don’t want to take away all of her glory.”
There are other whistling records on Guinness’ website, but one that particularly stands out is the one held by American Marco Ferrera, who, “achieved a whistle measuring 125 dB.” Guinness says that that level is comparable to an air raid siren.
More info: The News & Observer