Royal Marines to begin world drum record attempt today

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FORTY Royal Marines drummers are due to start their bid to crack the world record for the longest ever drum roll today.

Members of the Royal Marines band service want to smash the record for the longest continuous drum roll to coincide with their 350th anniversary this 

Drummers from the Portsmouth-based Royal Marines School of Music, the Royal Marines Band Portsmouth and the Royal Marines Band of HMS Collingwood in Fareham are among those taking part in the event in London.

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace, the principal director of music, said: ‘One of the iconic images and sounds of the Royal Marines Band Service is its corps of drums.

‘The world record attempt is a very exciting project and I give my wholehearted support to it.’

The record stands at 28hrs and 19mins.

Not only do the marines want to beat that record, they want to take it a step further by setting the new one at 64 hours.

Donations to the corps of drums fundraising effort can be made online at

You can also text STIX64 £2/£5/£10 to 70070.

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