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Peng Wang - WFD 2014 hands winnerBattle of the Hands winner Peng Wang (1049) with Miss WFD 2014, Melissa Mabry

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. All scores in both categories are based on single stroke rolls as recorded by the Drumometer.

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 Hands winner was 20-year-old 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!

WFD 2014 Perry Dattilo feet winnerBattle of Feet winner Perry Dattilo (840) with Miss WFD 2014, Melissa Mabry

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 crowd at this year’s finals was insane — packed out, standing in chairs, screaming like a mad house," said WFD creator, Boo McAfee. "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."

Grand prizes were provided by Pearl, Sabian, Remo, Vic Firth, Axis, Modern Drummer, Alfred Publishing, and Drumometer.

Although this year's competitor's won big prizes, they did not displace any of the previous winners from their coveted spots on the WFD leader board. Two Canadians, Tom Grossett still holds the Fastest Hands title with his score of 1208 for single strokes and Mike Mallais for his score of 1034 for Fastest Feet.

For more on WFD and upcoming events visit www.WorldsFastestDrummer.com.

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