WORLD’S FASTEST DRUMMER 2014 HEATS UP THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE
WFD-World’s Fastest Drummer, Extreme Sport Drumming events kicked off its fifteen year anniversary as a highly charged attraction at Summer NAMM 2014. WFD World Finals was held as a feature at Summer NAMM 2014 in Nashville’s Music City Center.
The WFD competition consisted of two categories, Battle of the Hands™ and Battle of the Feet™. The Preliminary Heats were held July 17 and 18. The top ten Fastest Hands and top ten Fastest Feet then stepped into battle at WFD World Finals on Saturday, July 19.
Included in the event were technical demonstrations, insight sessions and appearances by WFD Champions and World Record Holders Matt Smith, Eric Okamoto and Randy Briggs. Also appearing was the ever lovely and talented Miss WFD 2014 Melissa Mabry. Eric Okamoto set several WFD World Records including Ratamacue, 7 stroke roll, Paradiddle-diddle and multiple stroke roll categories.
The Battle of the Feet winner was Perry Dattilo of Robards, Ky with a score of 840 Singles, followed by second place Evan Lane of Muscle Shoals, Al (817), and third place Isaac Harris of Johnson City, TN (802). Dan Laskowski of Windsor, Canada celebrated his twelfth year as a WFD top 5 contender with a very respectable 771 singles in 60 seconds.
The Battle of the Hands winner was Peng Wang of Beijing China with an amazing 1049 Singles in 60 seconds. Braxton Burke of Langley, KY placed second (1003), while Perry Dattilo with 930 placed third. WFD welcomes Peng and Braxton to the WFD 1000 Club!
“The crowd at this year’s finals was insane- packed out, standing in chairs, screaming like a mad house. The contestants were from all over the world including China, Turkey, Canada and Italy!” We had so many to participate in the prelims that we ended up running the top 28 in finals.–said Boo McAfee, creator of WFD.
Grand prizes were provided by Pearl, Sabian, Remo, Vic Firth, Axis, Modern Drummer, Alfred Publishing, and Drumometer.
For more photos from WFD World Finals 2014 visit both links below:
Thanks to Matt Stewart, Ric Landers and Laura McAfee for the photos.