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Seeking Drummers to Set World Record

One month from today, at 2pm on Sunday, November 2, the Millenium Hotel on Walden Avenue next to the Galleria will be the site of a Guinness Book of World Records attempt: To gather at least 300 drummers and percussionists together to simultaneously perform the garage rock anthem “Louie, Louie.”

The event, called “The Big Beat,” is being sponsored by Buffalo Drum Outlet and Five Star Drum Shops. Local contestants will be competing against 10 other Five Star Drum Shops across the US and Canada. All local drummers are urged to take part. A $10 entrance fee is required (or $10 worth of canned goods), and entrants are then encouraged to collect at least $100 in donations from friends and supporters. Why? Because all proceeds from this event will be turned over to East Side soup kitchen the Response to Love Center, as well as Mr. Holland’s Opus, a national organization that provides schools with new band and orchestra instruments. Prizes will be awarded to the drummers who raise the most money.

The first 200 registrants will receive a goodie bag full of drum products and—listen closely, drummers—placement near the front of the stage! You heard me. Not way in the back on a broken-down riser like most gigs, tempted to throw sticks at the back of the lead singer.

To quote the Kingsmen’s classic hit, “Okay, let’s give it to ’em, right now!”

Call 716-684-0082 or visit for more information.