The Strathmore Music Center has set its sights on breaking the Guinness World Record for Largest Ukulele Ensemble and is recruiting all players for an evening of strumming on August 24.

Right now the Guinness record stands at 851 ukulele players performing at the same time, set in London in 2009.

The Riders Ukulele group (Photo by Jim Saah)

The Piney Branch Kids Ukulele Orchestra (Photo by Jim Saah)

UkeFest 2011 is going to include some ringers, including the popular pros - The Sweater Set, Victoria Vox , Gerald Ross and the Washington Ukulele Orchestra. Washington’s local favorites and Grammy winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer will emcee the evening.

If you don’t have a uke and want to participate, the instruments will be on sale at the event. Also there are ticketed workshops the night before to improve playing skills.