The Royal Marines Corps of Drums have smashed the existing Guinness World Record for the longest group drum roll. The record attempt started on Wednesday evening with Hollywood superstars Tom Hardy and Harrison Ford launching the event and finished on Saturday morning.
The existing record stood at 28 hours, 19 minutes and 3 seconds, and has been extended to 64 hours.
The event was all part of a year of celebrations for the Royal Marines who mark their 350th anniversary this year. Taking inspiration from their founding on the 28th October 1664, the Corps of Drums refer to the event as 1 record, 6 teams, 64 hours.
40 Royal Marines Buglers took part in the record-breaking attempt, from Royal Marines School of Music and all five bands - Portsmouth, Collingwood, Plymouth, Commando Training Centre Royal Marines & Scotland. Each drummer played for 15 minutes at a time during the record attempt drumming for a minimum of 1.5 hrs.
The record attempt was based at the Tower of London throughout and the drummers put on regular demonstrations, even offering a few lucky members of the public a chance to have a go for themselves.
Corporal Bugler Stuart Warmington, who came up with the idea said: “To have finally broken the record is amazing. It has been so long in the planning and rehearsals; I am overwhelmed with how well it went. Not only am I really proud of everyone who took part, but I am thrilled that we were able to support the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund who do such incredible work on a daily basis.”
Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace OBE Royal Marines, the Royal Marines Band Service Principal Director of Music, said: “It is a great honour to accept this record on behalf of the Corps of Drums; I am extremely proud of all of them!”
Richard Kenworthy, head of fundraising at the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund said:
“I would like to say a huge thank you to the Corps of Drums and all the public for their generous donations. The money raised will help us make a huge difference to those in need.”
Jamie Clarke, from Guinness World Records Limited said;
“We are really thrilled that we can officially present the Royal Marines Corps of Drums with their record certificate!”
To see more of the Royal Marines Band in action, come along to the Beating Retreat at Horse Guards parade on the 3rd and 4th of June, and visit www.royalnavy.mod.uk/RM350 for further information.
Picture: Crown Copyright 2014 / Ministry of Defence / PO (Phot) Derek Wade