Nearly three dozen drummers wrapped up three consecutive days of playing for the Drumming Up Hope 2016 fundraising event in Loveland.
The Colorado musicians raised nearly $6,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Realities for Children Charity by playing for 72 hours straight. It's not official, but if the Guinness Book of World Records verifies the time, the group will break the previous 66 hour team record.
It’s was a long three days for event organizer Tim Elliott, but the constant music kept him going.
“Twenty-four, seven. As soon as someone stops, someone else starts. This noise has literally not stopped since Thursday," he said.
“I think it’s awesome, man. This has been a great time. What a great cause too," said drummer Jeff Olson.
Thirty-five drummers played in shifts that started at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Thunder Mountain Amphitheater.
Elliott doesn’t have kids of his own but was touched when he heard what some children go through.
“It tore me up," he said.
Over the past few days, he slept about five hours, between gigs of his own and the event he organized.
“It just makes my heart pound," said Teresa Ribble as she watched the drummers. "Tim Elliott. We just love him!”
Saturday night a Loveland Police officer showed up and told Elliott the drummers were too loud. He saw the patrol car and after a brief chat, Elliott was pleasantly surprised.
“I said, ‘How’s it going?’ He said, ‘We have a noise complaint.’ I said, ‘Oh, man.’ He said, ‘Naw, I’m just kidding. I came to play!’”
In full uniform, the officer got on stage for about 15 minutes and returned after his shift to help out again.
As the time ticked down to 6 p.m. Sunday, a the musicians at the amphitheater grabbed an instrument and played for the finale.
In his 40 years as a drummer, this was a first for Elliott.
“Nothing quite like this," he said.
Elliott hopes to make Drumming Up Hope and annual event.