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Music Events (more headlines) 07-24-2003

3 NEW WORLD RECORDS SET DURING NAMM’S INTERNATIONAL FASTEST DRUMMER CONTEST

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Website: http://www.extremesportdrumming.com & http://www.drumometer.com
3 NEW WORLD RECORDS SET DURING NAMM’S
INTERNATIONAL FASTEST DRUMMER CONTEST
JOTAN AFANADOR, MIKE MANGINI AND SETH DAVIS WELCOMED INTO THE GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS

July 23, 2003 – Nashville, TN. – Sunday, July 20 marked the final heats in NAMM’s International Fastest Drummer contest at Nashville’s Gaylord Entertainment Center, sponsored by The Music Edge. 45 year old percussion teacher Eric Okamoto of Clayton, NC took the title of “fastest hands” with an amazing 1,018 single strokes in 60 seconds, the “Fastest Feet” honor went to Kermit “Thumper” Tarver of Goodlettsville, TN with 768 single strokes in 60 seconds.

“Competing at NAMM Fastest Drummer Competition is one of the best experiences of my career,” said Eric Okamoto, Fastest Hands winner.

“The feeling of winning the Battle of the Feet is so tremendous I can hardly put it into words,” said Fastest Feet winner Kermit Tarver, “My next goal is to break the World Record.”

Contestants were scored on playing single strokes for 60 seconds as measured by the DRUMOMETER. Mapex, Meinl, Pro-Mark, Axis pedals, Remo, Thumpers bass drum pillows, and personalized drumsticks by Tim Byrd provided over $10,000 in prizes to the winners.

Additionally, 3 new world records were set during the competition. Current Battle of the Hands world-record holder, Jotan Afanador topped his existing record of 1,152 Matched Grip single strokes in 60 seconds with a new record of 1,165 strokes. “As Extreme Sport Drumming becomes more extreme so do the records, he said, “We just keep pushing the limits of what the human body can do.” Mike Mangini topped Art Verdi’s existing record of 1,116 Traditional Grip single strokes in 60 seconds with a new record of 1,126. Finally, Seth Davis set a new Battle of the Hands Double Strokes record with a score of 1,021. “To see these guys go at it, full throttle, smooth as silk with their hands and feet moving over 18 times per second for an entire minute is simply an amazing work of technical proficiency.” Says Boo McAfee, co-founder of Extreme Sport Drumming.

The event also included appearances and technical demonstrations by WFD champions Mike Mangini, Johnny Rabb, Jotan Afanador, Tim Waterson, and Art Verdi.

Said Johnny Rabb, “The NAMM Fastest Drummer Competition is the most inclusive, intense and fun event where folks of all ages and sectors can participate in the foremost competitive environment.”

For more information visit: www.extremesportdrumming.com and www.drumometer.com

Media Contact:
Paki Newell
The Lippin Group
(323) 965-1990
paki@lippingroup.com

WFD/Drum-O-Meter Contact:
Boo McAfee
(615) 385-9343
drumometer@hotmail.com
extremesportdrumming@hotmail.com

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