PARKERSBURG - The world's largest drum set is on display at the Rock Church in Parkersburg.
A mound of shining drums and cymbals greets the visitor to the Rock Church auditorium at 1305 37th St. Surrounded by shining blue lava lamps, images of Christ and uplifting quotes, the impressive set up takes up the entire stage of the auditorium.
Lights of multiple colors shine on different sections of the drum set, changing constantly, to highlight different pieces.
Photo by Gretchen Richards
Viewed from inside, Mark Temperato’s drum set forms a dome around him that he sits inside to play.
This drum set, owned by Mark Temperato, 57, of Lakeville, N.Y., holds the Guinness World Record, which he set March 21, 2013, for being the largest drum set in the world. At 813 pieces, this structure is used by Temperato in his ministries at Breath of Worship Church in Lakeville, N.Y.
Temperato uses the stage name of "Rev. M." He possesses three doctoral degrees: in Theology and in Ministry from the School of Bible Theology Seminary and University in San Jacinto, Calif., and in Divinity from the River Bible Institute in Tampa, Fla. He has been in the ministry for 35 years.
According to Temperato, the drum set weighs more than 8,000 pounds. Assembling the drum set takes more than 25 hours, Temperato said.
The set includes a large gong, which stands taller than Temperato does. The $40,000 gong was custom made in Germany by Paiste Cymbal, Temperato said.
This is the first time the drum set has been moved from its home location since it set the world record in 2013 for being the largest drum set in the world, he said.
With invitations to play in Japan and Hong Kong, Temperato instead chose Parkersburg to be the first location his drum set would travel to.
Temperato and Pastor David Chisholm of Rock Church have been friends for a long time, according to Temperato. When Chisholm invited Temperato to come to Parkersburg, "I could think of no better place to begin my ministry tour," Temperato said.
"It is a privilege to have (Temperato) here in Parkersburg," said Dennis Morgan, Rock Church assistant minister. "He has a passion that exceeds normal for the ministry he performs," he said.
Temperato said he has decided to take his drum set on tour in order to spread his ministry. "I like making history because I can share His story," he said. He does not have a tour scheduled yet, but is happy to accept invitations, he said.
In order for it to be considered the world's largest drum set, Temperato must be able to play all of the pieces included in the set without taking a single step in any direction, according to Temperato. He was awarded the Guinness World Record for being able to play all 813 pieces from where he was standing.
When playing, Temperato is encased within his drum set. The drums are arranged in a dome setup, which Temperato sits inside of. A mobile section of the drum wall slides in and out to allow access to the interior of the percussive dome.
"I keep over 120 emblems of my faith on the drum set at all times," Temperato said. "I want people to know who I am playing the drum set for."
Amid the stacks of drums and cymbals, visitors will find only a single bass drum. Temperato said "there is only one bass drum because there is only one way into heaven."
Temperato began building his drum set in 1971. The set is now constantly growing, with new pieces coming from the strangest places sometimes.
Among the stranger parts of the drum set are multiple wind chimes, an Amtrak train horn, squeaking toy pigs, and even funerary urns.
The urns are in an unfinished state, Temperato said. Looking like upturned kettles of various shapes, they are stacked on top of each other and used for their unique sounds, he said.
"Sometimes, I find that when you close your eyes, the simplest thing becomes that missing sound that is needed to make the drum set better," Temperato said, as he held up a brightly painted toy dinosaur. When he pressed a button, the beast's mouth snapped shut, making a clicking sound.
The drum set will be on display in Parkersburg for another two weeks. The public can see the drum set. Groups of students and tours from the public are welcomed.
To schedule a private viewing, contact Dennis Morgan at 304-422-9605.