Who Is DCI's Fastest Drummer?The quest to determine DCI's fastest drummer will be answered at the 2002 Drum Corps International World Championships Individual and Ensemble competition. This first-time event will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2002, at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.The competition is open to all members of corps that are eligible to compete at the Drum Corps International World Championships. The winner will receive a medallion and an official Individual and Ensemble jacket, complete with a patch declaring the recipient the faster drummer for 2002.The winner will be determined by the number of strokes played on a special drum pad hooked up to a Drumometer, a device manufactured by DrumDial of Tucson, Ariz. The Drumometer was inspired by a question from famed jazz percussionist Buddy Rich when another famous drummer declared himself to be the world's fastest during a music convention in 1975. Buddy publicly asked that drummer, "What machine did you use?" Boo McAfee, then 19 years old, witnessed the exchange and couldn't get it out of his mind. In 1999, he teamed with Craig Alan, an electrical engineer and drummer, and developed the machine that would answer Buddy Rich's question once and for all.The entry fee for the competition is $3. Contestants can enter in advance or at the Individual and Ensemble competition. Come witness drum corps history in the making. Find out who truly is Drum Corps International's fastest drummer.
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