Sunday, October 4, 2009
Lewisville resident breaks Guinness World Record for longest drum roll
We watched (and listened) in awe as Collin Gouldin rolled continuously for four hours and 10+ minutes.
Drum roll, please
Plano's Haggard Park plays host to a lonely drummer and a bunch of people having their engagement pictures taken.
When Collin Gouldin first approached us about documenting his assault on the Guinness World Record for longest drum roll -- and we heard that it would only take a couple hours out of our Saturday (Oct. 3) -- we said "sure thing, Collin, no problem!"
Between the time that Collin started arranging for the official attempt (which involves a large amount of planning, preparation, and coordination with the Guinness people), someone else sat down and drummed for FOUR HOURS AND SIX MINUTES.
This meant that Collin would have to rise to new, heretofore unimagined levels of athleticism, as well as exercising a degree of mental discipline reserved primarily for yogi mystics. (They call me Mr. Hyperbole.) More importantly from a journalistic standpoint, it meant that Mike Bullock and I would now be required to hang out at Plano's Haggard Park right through the sweet spot of Saturday.
And there was this: I figured that observing (and listening to) Collin work the snare would be about as thrilling as watching paint dry. Which I've actually never tried, but I hear there's an iPhone app that simulates it.
Anyhow, an agreement is an agreement, so there we were at 9 a.m. as Collin and his dad Noel hung the banner touting Collin's sponsors and set up their recording equipment. The attempt was slated to begin at 9:30 sharp, but things were delayed by the late arrival of one of the two judges of record. So Collin actually started drumming around 9:50.
Here's the interesting thing: It was kind of nice just sitting out in a park with nothing much to do for four hours plus. And, frankly, the experience was not as dull as watching paint dry (I'm pretty sure). In fact, there was a palpable tension involved, at least in my mind. What if Collin didn't make it? How awkward would that be, eh? I'd have to do one of those "agony of defeat" interviews. And -- let's face it -- it wouldn't be a world record if just anybody could sit down and do it, now would it? Who's to say that Collin had the right stuff for this marathon feat of drumming?
As one and then two hours passed, I began to think that Collin might actually be able to pull this off in terms of arm strength -- but what if he cramped up? That would be tragic indeed, and he'd probably leave the field of battle with a hooked claw of a hand.
Well, all such concerns proved groundless, because Collin did succeed in beating the record -- and the drum -- for four hours, ten minutes and 12 seconds, by the official timer.
Guinness, you've been served.
By the way, the video encapsulation of events gets really pretty interesting when the glamour models who were doing a photo shoot elsewhere in the park came over to see what was up. (We like to refer to this a teaser.)
Loneliness of the long distance drummer
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