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