ACM to Smash Guinness World Record with Drum-a-Thon - ACM
01 Jul 2013

ACM to Smash Guinness World Record with Drum-a-Thon

Bringing together 35 drummers for 70 hours of continuous drumming in Queen’s Roger Taylor’s Zildjian Studio

On 10th July 2013, ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music) will play host to the Guinness World Record attempt for the ‘Longest Marathon Drumming by a Team’. The event will bring together current ACM students, alumni, and world famous drummers in a challenge that will span four days, 70 hours and 35 different drummers.

In order to break the current record, each drummer has volunteered to drum for two hours continuously between 12:00pm on Wednesday 10th July and 10:00am on Saturday 13th July. The aim is to beat the existing world record by at least four hours. The record attempt will take place in Queen’s, Roger Taylor Zildjian Studio at ACM’s headquarters in Guildford.

“We are very excited to host this event. We always welcome the opportunity to support our ex-students as they continue their endeavours in the industry. This is also a great occasion for our current students and internationally renowned tutors to be part of this record-breaking event and showcase their drumming talents.”
Julia Leggett CEO at ACM

Commissioned by ex-ACM student, and Children’s oral health campaigner, Ian Aguado-Bush, the event is supporting the Clean My Teeth campaign to raise money for The British Dental Health Foundation, Heart Your Smile and Bridge2Aid. Also supporting the event are Zildjian and Vic Firth who are supplying 48 pairs of drum sticks for the event.

“I’m really excited that I’ve managed to bring together my 2 worlds, drumming and fund raising for the Clean Your Teeth campaign, that I have set up. It’s amazing that these two extremely different industries can be brought together for a great cause and achieve a new record! And we are even luckier that we can host such an event at the state of the art facilities of ACM.”
Ian Aguado-Bush Organiser of the World Record Attempt

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Along with ACM students and alumni, volunteers for the record attempt will include world-renowned drummers and ACM tutors, including Pete Riley, Mike Dolbear, Mark Richardson and Craig Blundell.

More about the World Record Attempt
The current Guinness World Record is held by Nexus Music College, Coventry. They achieved 66 hours with 11 different drummers between 3-6th May 2009. The team drummed along to more than 800 different songs during the attempt.

With their new challenge to Nexus’ existing record, ACM are out to confirm their place at the heart of drumming and drum tutoring in the UK.

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