Hundreds of Northwest drummers will gather for the 9th annual Woodstick Big Beat Drum Event from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Juanita High School Field House in Kirkland.
They’ll join drummers in 15 cities across North America to set two new Guinness World Records for drummers playing a song simultaneously.
One record will be for the most drummers playing a song in a single location, the other for the most drummers playing together via live internet connection.
The entire international event, presented by Donn Bennett Drum Studio in Bellevue and CK Financial in Tacoma, will be directed from the Kirkland location, at 10601 N.E. 132nd St. Doors open at 10 a.m.
Drummers in Birmingham England assembled 588 drummers in 2008 to beat the Northwest’s previous record of 533 set at Qwest Field in 2005.
On Nov. 6 Kirkland drummers will attempt to bring the record back to the Northwest where it all started.
Drummers will be attracted to the Kirkland event with more than $18,000 in free drum gear and live performances by seven of the biggest names inthe drum world, including: Danny Seraphine (Chicago); Chris Coleman (Chaka Kahn, Gospel icon); Chad Wakerman (Frank Zappa); Jeff Kathan and Paul Rodgers (Spike and the Impalers); Seth Davis (world’s fastest drummer); Joy Oscar (Gospel Chops); and Dom Famularo (international drum ambassador).
The cost is $12 for participants; $10 for spectators. Gold and platinum packages are available.
All proceeds will go to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to purchase musical instruments for underfunded local schools and to Camp Korey, acamp in Carnation, Wash. for kids battling serious illness.
For information and registration, call 425-747-6145 or visit www.BennettDrums.com.