Purdue holds the record for the largest playable bass drum. It was added to Purdue’s marching band in 1921 by the Purdue Bands Director Paul Spotts Emrick. The bass drum, when mounted on its carriage, stands more than ten feet tall. It is also about eight feet in diameter and roughly four feet wide. The drum is handled by four band members and there are two people who hit either side of the drum.