Drummers from The Smiths, Faithless and Groove Armada are uniting in support of an MS charity – and to break a world record.
The stars, along with many other musicians, are looking to break a world record for the ‘world’s largest full drum kit ensemble’ at Manchester’s EventCity on July 15.
Stick it to MS (SITMS), a group raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, are hoping to attract 800 participants to their event.
In 2009, the group broke the record with 582 drummers at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
The event raised £66,000 for The Multiple Sclerosis Society and won the accolade of MS Fundraiser of the Year in 2010.
SITMS founder Richard Price, 30, told MM that he will be looking to replicate the success of last SITMS event and boost donations for a great cause.
In the day Mr Price is a local news engineer, but he was inspired by a video on YouTube with hundreds of people drumming together.
He has been organising SITMS with his wife Karen ever since.
Mr Price’s main motivation was his experience of his mother’s battle with MS and he feels MS doesn’t get as much exposure compared to other causes such as cancer.
He originally set a much smaller event up on Facebook some years ago on a whim and eventually word got around.
From then SITMS attendance has been bigger and bigger.
The great thing about SITMS is that as long as you can keep a simple beat you’re welcome to join in, you don’t have to be an expert drummer and all ages are welcome.
To beat the record the drummers, on full drum kits, have to play a beat in time with each other for five minutes.
Drummers are expected to raise £100 each which all goes to the MS Society.
In 2009, however, one fundraiser stood out for collecting a whopping £2000.
Andy Perfect, a 42-year-old Regional Manager, accomplished this feat.
Although Mr Perfect may be a Regional Manager for an Italian car manufacturer, at night he is the drummer for melodic rock band ‘Dante Fox’ and Led Zeppelin tribute ‘Led Into Zeppelin’.
Mr Perfect is looking to smash his amazing £2000 this year.
The 42-year-old’s motivation is very personal, though.
He lost his father to MS in 1996, aged just 55.
For Mr Perfect his father was an inspiration, he said: “My dad was a true hero to me and nurtured my love of the drums. “
He added: “He was so supportive in everything I did, especially drumming-wise.”
For more information about Stick it to MS visit: http://www.stickittoms.com/
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Stick it to MS’ just giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising-page/creation/get-started?pcid=35b4d1ec-f42b-41f7-a4c5-fd47ad174d9c&utm_source=EventCreatedEmail