At 10am on Saturday, 13th July 2013, ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music) broke the Guinness World Record for the ‘Longest Marathon Drumming by a Team’, beating the previous record by over four hours.
Bringing together a mix of current ACM students, alumni and world famous drummers (and live streamed via Google+ Hangouts), the challenge commenced at 12.00pm on Wednesday, July 10 and spanned four days, 70 hours and 35 different drummers.
The event took place inside ACM’s Roger Taylor Zildjian Studio, at ACM’s headquarters in Guildford. Each drummer volunteered to drum for two hours, including world-renowned drummers and ACM tutors – including Pete Riley, Mike Dolbear and Craig Blundell.
Commissioned by ex-ACM student, and Children’s oral health campaigner, Ian Aguado-Bush, the record attempt has helped support the Clean My Teeth campaign to raise money for The British Dental Health Foundation, Heart Your Smile and Bridge2Aid. Zildijan and Vic Firth both supplied 48 pairs of drumsticks in partnership with the college and the event.
The previous Guinness World Record, held by Nexus Music College in Coventry, achieved 66 hours with 11 different drummers between 3-6th May 2009. With ACM’s new record, the academy is out to show that they’re both the leading providers of drum tuition and a great example of pioneering music education.
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