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November 2001

Release Date: November 20, 2001

ASU Percussionists Go for Guinness Record in 27-Hour Benefit Performance

The beat will go on for an anticipated 27-plus hours as Angelo State University percussion students Friday, Nov. 30, attempt to set a new Guinness Book of World Records mark for the "most consecutive hours of percussion performance."

At the same time, the percussions students hope to benefit the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in New York City.

The first drumbeat will occur at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the Band Hall of the Carr-Education-Fine Arts Building at 2602 Dena Drive on the ASU campus. The marathon percussion performance is scheduled to end around 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

The marathon session is open free to the public, but visitors will be encouraged to make a donation. Prior to the first drumbeat, the ASU performers will be seeking sponsors and donations. Proceeds will be donated to the United Way.

More than 25 students in four ASU percussion ensembles as well as 12 percussion soloists will participate in the performance. The Concert Percussion Ensemble, the renowned Jazz Percussion Group, the Jazz Percussion Combo and the Ram Band Marching Percussion will play an extended program for this attempt.

The program will include solo performances between each of the ensembles. Persons wishing to view the attempt may stop by anytime day or night during the performance. The current Guinness record for drumming is 24 hours and 15 minutes.

Persons are encouraged to sponsor a student by pledging an amount per hour of performance. Donations are welcomed as well. Pledges may be made with any of the ASU percussion students or by contacting Dr. Doug Overmier of the ASU music faculty at 942-2341, ext. 231.