The Royal Marines Corps of Drums is to make a world record attempt on the longest group drum roll, with preparations underway for six teams to undertake an ambitious 64-hour roll from 30 April.
The attempt will raise money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust, with organisers having set themselves a sponsorship target of £166,400.
The current record is 28 hours, 19 minutes and 3 seconds and was set by Big Rapids High School in Big Rapids, Michigan, USA on 8-9 June 2013, raising $7,600 (£4,560).
The Royal Marines’ attempt would require a sponsorship yield more than 14 times higher than that of Big Rapids, representing £2,600 per hour.
They are hoping to ‘completely obliterate’ the previous record and have set up a JustGiving.com page to take donations.
The attempt is one of many events planned to celebrate the Royal Marines’ 350th anniversary in 2014. The regiment which later became the Royal Marines was founded in 1664, hence the fundraising target and strapline ‘1 roll, 6 teams, 64 hours’.
Each member of the attempt will be required to take their turn in the drum roll several times, for a period of 20 minutes per turn.
Premier Percussion has donated a specially designed high-durability single snare drum for use in the attempt.
The idea for the attempt is attributed to Corporal Bugler Stuart Warmington RM, of the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth, in May 2013.
‘Whilst the world record attempt would require careful planning and a good degree of “private practice” to ensure success,’ says a statement, ‘it was clearly a brilliant idea.’
The Royal Marines Charitable Trust aims to have raised £6m by the time of the 350th anniversary on 28 October, in support of its charitable objective ‘to provide a better quality of life to serving and retired Royal Marines and their families’.