Seven Fascinating Facts About Drums

When we asked our friends at Viasit International to come up with something a little leftfield for this month’s ‘7’, they took us at our word! They have taken Viasit’s multi-award winning (including a Mixology award!) Drumback chair as inspiration for the feature. Martin Ballendat’s design stretches the cover fabric – similar to a drumhead – over a back component made from polypropylene. So, here are some amazing facts about drums. Drumroll please…


Drums are the world’s oldest musical instrument and, while the technology in drums has improved over centuries, the basic design of the drum has remained virtually the same for thousands of years.


The oldest drum to be discovered is the Alligator Drum. It was used in Neolithic China, and was made from clay and alligator hides. The Alligator Drum was often used in ritual ceremonies, and dates back as early as 5500 BC.


Drums played a major role in medieval and Renaissance Europe. The snare drum and its relatives were used in the infantry to send coded instructions to soldiers. They were also used in ancient Africa and India to send messages over long distances between villages.



The longest recorded drum session/marathon by an individual is 122 hours, 25 minutes and was accomplished by Kunto Hartono in Malang City, Indonesia from December 27th 2011– January 1st 2012. That’s one way to spend your New Year’s Eve!


The longest drumroll is a mind-blowing 8 hours 1 minute 17 seconds and was achieved back in 2012 by Christopher Anthony at a shopping centre in California, USA.


Drumming is genuinely good for you! It burns more calories in a half hour than cycling, hiking, and weight lifting in the same amount of time.


The world’s largest drum kit has 813 pieces and took 36 years to build. It takes 15 hours and four people to put it up and a whole hour to hit each individual piece. The kit was created by Dr. Mark Temperato – who is still aiming to expand it to 1,000 pieces!