More than 300 drummers from around the country are competing in the World’s Fastest Drummer Southeast Championship, sponsored by Church’s Chicken. It’s being held for the first time in Atlanta.
There are two categories – fastest hands and fastest feet. The two winners will move on to the national championship, which will be held during the National Association of Music Merchants show in Nashville this summer.
Competitors have 60 seconds to smack the drum as many times as possible. Their score is measured by Drumometer, a device that counts drum strokes invented by founder of the contest Boo McAfee. The current world record is held by Tom Grosset, who had a best of 1208 drum strokes in 60 seconds.
World Champions – including Matt “The Kid” Smith, the youngest competitor to perform 1000 or more single strokes in one minute, and Tom Grosset – are at the event, which runs through April 18 at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media.