Marine smashes drum roll record

Graham Stephenson. Pic: Greg Macvean
Graham Stephenson. Pic: Greg Macvean
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ROYAL Marine Graham Stephenson was feeling beat on Tuesday – after smashing the world record for the longest individual drum roll.

Sergeant Bugler Graham, 40, shattered the previous record - 12 hours and three seconds - when he stopped at 14 hours.

But the father-of-one was preparing to drum on until he reached the 17-hour mark, aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith.

The drummer, originally from Hull but now based at Rosyth in Fife, was permitted five-minute breaks every hour.

He said: “My wrists have held up OK and I’ve had people around me poking me throughout.”

Graham, who is a fan of Muse, the Killers and the Kings of Leon, is now a double world record holder - he was one of the Royal Marines’ Corps of Drums which successfully smashed the group drum roll record in May this year.

The target was 28 hours, 19 minutes and three seconds and the 53-strong team achieved a total duration of 64 hours, 27 minutes, 59 seconds.

The two records are part of the celebrations of the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines and have raised around £11,000 for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF).

Graham, who is part of The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland, spent many hours preparing for the record attempt at his band’s home at MOD Caledonia in Rosyth.

He added: “One of the biggest challenges was staying focused. The roll is the simplest drum rudiment, but requires a good degree of concentration to maintain.

“Lack of sleep and proximity of the toilets were also a concern but I prepared well and I’m glad I didn’t let the Corps of Drums down.”

The Corps of Drums will continue to raise money for the RMCTF until October. To make a donation either online go to