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Eric Sader Sets World Record

posted May 16, 2008 in CAMPUS EVENTS

A McPherson College student successfully broke the world record of “longest individual drum roll” recently.

Eric Sader., jr., Salina, set a record of 1 hour, 22 minutes, 5 seconds in the student union at 5:30 p.m. on April 29.

“I recently received the idea to attempt a Guinness record this year after hearing about Alex Tyler’s, sr., McPherson, possibility of the world’s longest game of leap frog,” Sader said. Also, enthusiasm from several students helped cement my decision to proceed.”

Sader logged onto the Guinness World Records website to discover what is possibilities might be. “I tried to think of a few things I was good at and perhaps were not recorded already,” Sader said. “I decided to try to do something with percussion.”

So what exactly does it take to get into the Guinness Book of World Records besides talent? Sader explained how he went about it.

“I first enrolled as a Guinness member and then created a claim that had to be faxed,” Sader said. “A little more than a month later, Guinness responded. Included with his authorization was a record breaker’s packet that detailed the required documenting.”

Guinness said nobody had ever set a record for the longest individual drum roll.

“They do have on record the longest group drum roll," Sader said. "It was over 12 hours. Every 10 to 15 minutes they would rotate out and get different drummers.”

Because Sader did not pay for an arbitrator, he was required to have a witness including an expert music witness, statements, video evidence, and press coverage.

John Snell of Belli Bros., McPherson, volunteered as the musical expertise witness while the McPherson Sentinel provided press coverage. Kelli Johnson, personal counselor, promoted the event. Sader had many supporters show up throughout the event.

“I think it’s exciting that we can all witness something like this taking place on our campus,” said Melissa Grandison, fr., Quinter, Kan.

Leigh Ann Deighton, fr., Meade, Kan., said, “I think it’s good he has ambition to do it. I couldn’t have done it.”

Sader commented on what it was like to drum roll for an hour. “I definitely focused on staying relaxed and in the zone, I suppose. I was not even sore the next day. Basically, if you do a drum roll correctly, you should have to work very, very little. Otherwise, there is no way you could break an hour.”

Sader's record now leaves it open for someone to break it.

As of yet, his record still stands!

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