Steve Gaul sets new world record Cancer fundraiser drums up Guinness record in honor of sister Burlington, Ontario based drummer and cancer survivor Steve Gaul, 40, set a new Guinness World Record after drumming a continuous 121 hours from Friday at 8 am until 9 am Wednesday at the Burlington Music Centre Burlington, Ontario based drummer and cancer survivor Steve Gaul, 40, set a new Guinness World Record after drumming a continuous 121 hours at the Burlington Music Centre from Friday, August 5th at 8 am until 9 am Wednesday, August 10th.

Steve concluded his impressive drum marathon session with a celebratory rendition of Queen's We Are the Champions.

Steve did it for his sister, Toni Clement, who died of Para nasal cancer in December last year.

But setting a new world record was icing on the cake for Steve, who set out to raise $100,000 for cancer research with his six-day session.

In 2010 Steve took up the same goal but exhaustion beat him after 73 hours. He then raised $27,000 for Canadian Cancer Society.

Steve, who had beaten testicular cancer diagnosed during his college years, comments:
"I’ll beat cancer with my sticks. I want to push, motivate and inspire Canadians. No one should ever have to go through what I went through."

Guinness guidelines
There are a few guidelines to break the Guinness world record of a drumathon.

Only one drummer can attempt the record. The playlist must include 'recognizable' songs. Each song must be more than two minutes long. There can be no more than 30 seconds between songs, or rests during a song. The drummer gets five minutes break for every hour played, and can bank unused breaks.

Previous world record holder
The previous record for the longest drumming marathon by an individual was 120 hours by Russ Prager in 2009.

Russ broke his own world record in November 2010, drumming non-stop for more than six days, but his team did not comply to all strict formalities of the Guinness Book and therefore his attempt wasn't recognized.

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