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Zak hits right notes with record attempt
A MALVERN musician has successfully drummed his way into the record books for a second time.
Thirteen-year-old Zak Reynolds was one of 798 drummers who joined together for the ‘Stick it to MS’ challenge at Manchester’s Event City venue, aiming to break the world record for drummers playing the same beat simultaneously while raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
After an early start for several practice runs and special guest appearances, the record attempt took place at 4.30pm, with two five-minute run-throughs seeing all the drummers pounding along to the same beat.
Zak’s mum Emma Wesley said it was a fantastic event.
“The sound was absolutely immense and the whole event was moving on so many levels, for the funds raised and for the enormity of what was achieved,” she said.
“To see all those hands moving together and the friendship and fun in the room was great.”
Zak is on course to raise about £200 in sponsorship, while the event overall has now raised well over £60,000.
The previous world record of 588 was set at the same event back in 2009, when Zak was also involved.
The talented Dyson Perrins CE Academy student first started playing the drums about four-and-a-half years ago.
He has already enjoyed considerable success, making the top 40 in the Young Drummer of the Year competition two years in a row and placing in the top three in a songwriting competition run by the Chamber of Commerce.
Anyone who would like to sponsor Zak’s efforts can donate online by going to justgiving.com/zak-reynolds.