Despite his swollen knuckles and aching arms, local drummer Jared Dormer kept a smile on his face as he set a Guinness World Record this past weekend.

Dormer entered the record books at 10:20 pm this past Saturday, after playing a cajon box drum for a total of 25 hours, 42 minutes, and 34 seconds.

We chatted with Dormer right after he completed the marathon drumming session.

"I'm honestly kind of riding on an adrenaline high, my arms are hurting and my had is starting to seize up but it's all worth it."

Pacing himself proved to be one of the more difficult parts of the challenge.

"When I got into it, it is so much more of a mental game than physical. In the beginning, it was about hour four or five and I thought, 'I don't know if I can do this.' But you just get past that mental block. I had friends and family coaching me on so that's what got me through."

This record had never been attempted before so Guinness set the mark at 24 hours. Dormer says he had a personal goal to push past that mark.

In a year with few opportunities to perform, Dormer says this served as an outlet for all of his pent up creative energy.

"You know, even those times when there were only those two witnesses in the room, it felt so good to play in front of people."

Guinness still has to officially approve the attempt but Dormer thinks his chances are pretty good. He has even got his eye on a few other records that he hopes to break in the future.

Dormer wants to give a big 'thank-you' to everyone who helped him reach his goal.

"I want to give just a huge kudos to the whole witness team, we had to pull in people for all hours of the night. My dad stayed up with me for the whole time."

 

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