"Not everything that can be counted counts,
and not everything that counts can be counted."
-- Albert Einstein
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Guinness World Record Event Marathon Drumming Page
"Beat 5" The Marathon Drumming Documentary
The uncut documentary featuring live video clips and interviews during the Lou Mars 5 Day Guinness World Record Marathon Drumming event Jan 2010. Originally created in late January of 2010 for a celebration party, but additional footage inserted and released officially December 24 2010.
Lou Mars played for 108.5 hours, (5 days); 11.5 hours short of the standing 120 hours set by Russ Prager in March of 2009 but six hours more than Ali's record in 2008 placing Lou's attempt in the second over-all longest marathon drummer effort in the world (up to this event date). i.e. if this had been one year earlier, Lou would be holding the record for first place. It has been observed by spectators that Lou's style and approach (aggressiveness) was clearly evident compared to his predecessors approach, as he stayed true to the music and did not play in an overly conservative fashion.
Lou's approach would have a tremendous affect on world-wide participation and viewer-ship as 47,800+ world wide watched the live video stream. The statistical views dramatically present testimony that the Mars event was found to be intriguing, and an interesting performance for spectators to participate in, thereby resulting in higher viewer-ship abroad then any other drumming attempt of its type.
Produced and filmed by Brian Peterson Pro Video
World Wide Post Team Interview Broadcast
Uncut and reloaded in HD, The Lou Mars interview with Team Members. Uncut original interview taped LIVE just two days after the Lou Mars Guinness World Record Marathon Drumming Event. Originally taped and streamed LIVE WW on January 21st, 2010. Portions of this interview were shown on NBC/CBS News.
1) It was reported that Lou Fractured both arms - False, X-rays revealed zero breaks, however severe sprains were present in arms, feet and ankles.
2) It was reported that Lou's drum equipment failed - False, the Dixon equipment held strong, however, Lou's hard hitting did vibrate three lug nuts from the bottom of one snare, and one bass drum nut completely unscrewed itself over the 5 day duration. The snares on the back-up snare drum were also vibrated loose. Over-all the gear held through a ferocious beating. With that said 30 sticks were cracked or broken and one pair of aluminum sticks bent during the process.
3) The Seattle police department streamed the live video to their police dispatch system so officers could keep up with the event abroad live - This is true
4) The Mark & Brain syndicated radio show streamed the audio from the event live for two days - True, The show announced and streamed the event live during their popular morning show and commented on how hard Lou was playing, plus the great song list.
5) KNVN did live (throughout day) NBC status reports - True NBC also posted several news updates to the KNVN.org web site all reporting positive traffic.
6) Dixon Drums had a follow-Lou Mars connection via their web site - True connected directly to Lou's Twitter Account.
7) Viewers from around the world commented via Ustream chat live at the event around the clock - True, the log file from this chat regarding the event has been captured with numerous countries noted piping in. many viewers noted that watching the event was addictive and that they could not turn it off. Locals reported offices where they would walk in and see the video stream playing across numerous desktop computers.
8) Multiple local radio stations reported on and interviewed supporting team members regarding the event.- True
The Numbers -
47,872 = Total worldwide viewers watching the 'live video stream' over the 108.5 hour period.
Timeline of The Marathon Drumming
24 hrs 40 min
Dominique Pizzinat, La Baule
50 hrs 30 min
Michael Macpherson, South Africa
53 hrs 00 min
Russ Prager, U.S.A.
53 hrs 17 min
Allister Brown, U.K.
72 hrs 00 min
Kunto Hartono, Indonesia
84 hrs 00 min
Arulanowthan Suresh, Belgium
102 hrs 49 min
Allister Bown, U.K.
120 hrs 00 min
Russ Prager, U.S.A.
108 hrs 30 min
Lou Mars, Chico C.A. U.S.A.
2nd - Lou's finish places him second in the world, and one of only three drummers in history to ever play past 100 hundred hours
(1) Dixon Demon Drum set was given away live to one lucky donation ticket holder.
120 Volunteers made the event a success
Numerous children (and adults) showed up at the event drum sticks in hand, many commented online that they were watching from abroad.
36 - Number of drumsticks Lou broke and gave away to children during event
Over 1,000+ positive emails and comments were received from around the world during and after the event. An online page is being constructed with a collection of the inspirational responses from people that tuned in all over the world. Many have stated they have never witnessed or experienced anything like it, and used phrases such as "life changing", "motivational" and "Inspirational"