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Drumming World Records

Drumming World Records

We have put together a list of fun and interesting drumming world records as published by Guiness World Records.

Related: Drumming team building activities

The Longest Marathon Drumming by a Team
The longest marathon drumming by a team is 3 days 8 hours 2 minutes and was achieved by Janel Spalding, Aaron Houseago, Holly Jones, Ryan Murray and Lorraine Dorrington (all UK) in Dereham, UK, from 26 to 29 August 2016. This is the third time this record has been held by J.D.T. MUSIC ACADEMY. The event was live streamed and the team received messages of support from locations including Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Australia, South Africa, Switzerland, Singapore and Norfolk.

Longest Marathon Drumming by an Individual
Carlos Santos from Portugal recently attempted this musical test of endurance. The determined drummer sat at his kit and played for an amazing 133 hours and 3 minutes, achieving the record and completing the marathon on his son’s fourth birthday. The challenge was no easy feat as Carlos was not permitted to play randomly, but had to accompany recognizable songs, with no more than 30 seconds between each track and limited rest breaks.

The Largest Drum
The largest drum measures 5.54 m (18 ft 2 in) in diameter is 5.96 m (19 ft 6 in) tall and weighs 7 tonnes (15,432 lb 5.76 Oz) and was created by Yeong Dong-Gun local government and Seuk Je Lee (all South Korea) in Simcheon-Meon, South Korea, on 6 July 2011.The drum is a traditional Korean “CheonGo” drum.

Longest Individual Drum Roll
The longest drum roll by an individual is 12 hours 5 min 7 seconds, and was achieved by Jayson Brinkler (UK), in Dartford, Kent, UK, on 16 May 2015.Jayson’s witnesses throughout his attempt included the local mayor and TV actress Cheryl Fergison.

The Longest Group Drum Roll
The longest group drum roll is 64 hours 27 min 59 seconds and was achieved by the Corps of Drums of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Service (UK) at the Tower of London, London, UK, on 3 May 2014. Forty members of the Corps of Drums of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Service took it in turns to drum on the same single snare drum. The record attempt was to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines founded in 1664. The actors Harrison Ford and Tom Hardy were present to launch the record attempt on 30 April 2014.

Largest Group Drum Roll
A total of 1,682 drummers, led by Guildo Horn, (Germany) played a drum roll for 5 min 2 seconds, in an event organized by Lebenshilfe-Werke Trier GmbH, Diedenhofener, Germany, on 30 August 2009. Guildo Horn was also a former Eurovision song contestant. The record attempt was in conjunction with the organizers celebrating their jubilee.

Largest Steel Drum Ensemble
The largest steel drum ensemble consisted of 286 participants, who played the composition ‘Orange’ by Zbigniew Lowzyl (Poland) for five minutes in Mikolajki, Poland, on 21 September 2007

Largest Drumming Lesson
The largest drumming lesson is 1,827 participants, achieved by Inspire-works, Street Child United, and London Schools (all UK), in London, UK, on 3 October 2016. The attempt took place at the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Children from 25 London primary schools took up the challenge as part of their Bang the Drum project, with Inspire-works as drumming facilitators. The aim of Bang the Drum 2016 was to unite drummers of all ages and abilities across the globe to bang the drum for street children’s rights.

Longest Marathon Hand Drumming
The longest performance on a hand drum was 501 hours and was achieved by Kuzhalmannam Ramakrishnan (India) at the Rhythm Therapy Hall, Nandavanam Hospital, Ottapalam, Kerala, India, from 5-26 July 2009. An incredible achievement, beating the previous record by 177 hr! Kuzhalmannam already had a record in this category before, with 101 hr, which was beaten in May 2009.

Most People Playing the Same Drum
The most people playing the same drum is 263 and was organized by PLAY (Poland) at the Przystanek Woodstock Festival, in Kostrzyn nad Odra, Poland, 2 August 2013. The music piece played was We Will Rock You by Queen. The size of the drum was 10 m in diameter and 1,6 m in height.

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Benefits of Drumming as a Team Building Event

Benefits of Drumming as a Team Building Event

In Africa,  the activity of Drumming as long been associated with communication and has been a fundamental group activity in the continent. Historically Drumming as a group activity has been associated with stress release, raising of group morale and enhancing team cooperation. In this blog,  we are going to take a closer look at how Drumming as a team building event reduces stress, improves company morale, enhances cooperation between staff members, improves communication and increases productivity.

Related: The Benefits of Team Building

Reduces Stress
Recent studies have proven that participating in drumming activities accelerates physical healing, boosts your immune system and produces feelings of well-being. It can also help to release emotional trauma and create a sense of deep relaxation. The studies show that drumming activities reduces stress in the participants and can even lower the blood pressure of individuals.  Drumming can serve as a distraction from grief and pain, promoting the production of endorphins which is the body’s own painkillers. Studies have been done in groups working in the care industry, and it has been shown that the drumming activities helped reduce stress in the care workers.

Improves Company Morale
A study conducted among 112 long term care workers showed that, after six sessions of Drumming, 46 percent of the workers experienced a significant mood improvement. After six weeks,  this figure increased to 62 percent. Drumming team building events boosts company morale, motivates employees and helps to reduce employee burnout. When staff are motivated, absenteeism decreases, people get along better, and the company becomes a more exciting and pleasurable place to be.

Encourage Cooperation
In Drumming team building activities,  every member of the group is encouraged to participate, and everybody needs to work together. The role of each individual is indispensable. The group nature of Drumming helps to break barriers of race, language, gender and hierarchy. Drumming creates a sense of connectedness and interpersonal support among the participants. A drum circle gives participants the opportunity to connect with a group of like-minded people, alleviating self-centeredness, isolation and alienation.

Improves Communication
In Africa drums was used as one of the earliest forms of communication over long distances. Today Drumming team building events improves group communication among employees. Drumming creates group awareness and helps to develop relationships within the group. Participants experience a sense of connectedness as they work towards a common purpose. Drumming activities promote freedom of expression and highlights the importance of non-verbal communication. Employees are also tested in their ability to follow the instructions communicated to them by the instructor.

Related: Communication Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Increases Productivity
As previously mentioned Drumming team building activities reduces stress in participants. This reduction of stress logically leads to healthier staff and, therefore, less absenteeism and higher productivity. The improvement in company morale caused by Drumming helps to reduce burnouts among staff which leads to a lower staff turnover rate. Drumming activities promote communication and a sense of shared vision which, taken into the workplace, can lead to an increase of productivity.


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