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13th July 2012

800 Drummers set to stick it to MS

Sunday sees an attempt break a Guinness World Record for the ‘World’s Largest Full Drum Kit Ensemble’

On Sunday 15 July from 1pm to 4.30pm at EventCity, Manchester over 800 drummers from across the UK are heading to Manchester in order to break a Guinness World Record for the ‘World’s Largest Full Drum Kit Ensemble’ to help raise funds for the MS Society.

The event – Stick It to MS - will be hosted by Talk Sport’s Ian Danter and Actor and Comedian John Thomson and will be attended by a host of famous drummers including:

Mike Joyce (The Smiths), Pete Salisbury (The Verve), Steve White (Paul Weller), Darrin Mooney (Primal Scream), Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heap) and Andy Treacey (Faithless/Groove Armada)

The day’s activities will culminate with the World Record attempt taking place at around 4.15pm. This will involve over 800 drummers playing a basic rock beat in time for 5 minutes.

In 2009, Stick it to MS set the world record for the ‘World’s Largest Full Drum Kit Ensemble’ with 582 drummers raising £66,000 for the MS Society. This year the event aims to raise £80,000 for the charity.

“Stick it to MS is a great event for drummers to do what they love doing while raising awareness and funds for a very worthy cause.”
Actor, comedian and drummer John Thomson

Stick it to MS 2012 has taken 2 years to organise. It took 2 months for every drummer place to be filled. Every drummer is being encouraged to raise a minimum of £100 It will take just over 4 hours to fill the arena with all the drummers and their drum kits. From 1pm to 4pm organisers will be staging various activities including interactive drum clinics with the pro’s. Te Marshall house band ‘The Guvnors’ will also perform some songs with the worlds largest rhythm section!! Once again demand for places has exceeded places available. Already £45,000 has been raised via JustGiving.

“Natal Drums & Percussion, part the Marshall Group, is proud to sponsor Stick it to MS 2012. Jim Marshall O.B.E, founder of the legendary Marshall Amplification, was particularly excited to be part of Stick it to MS; it combines two of his great passions in life: worthy causes and drums. Many people don’t realise that Jim started out in the music industry as a pro drummer before turning his creative hand to making genre defining guitar amps. Jim was also passionate about his charity work and, over the years, raised millions for various good causes. Sadly Jim passed away in April of this year but his spirit will be felt at Stick it to MS 2012.”
Paul Marshall, Marshall Group (Event Sponsors)

An estimated 100,000 people have MS in the UK, but there's currently no cure and few effective treatments available. The MS Society is committed to investing in ground breaking research that will improve the lives of people living with the condition.

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