World’s Fastest Female Drummer Caitlin Kalafus

Congratulations to 14-year-old Caitlin Kalafus who claimed the title of World’s Fastest Female Drummer last month in Anaheim, California at the NAMM Winter Session. Caitlin is the youngest person to ever hold a World’s Fastest Drumming World Record, setting female division records in the  ‘Battle of the Feet’ with 799 singles on the bass drum in sixty seconds.   What an amazing accomplishment!

See Caitlin hammering the skins at age 13:


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  1. Tony on February 2, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Simply amazing talent. I was never that good! And few of us are. Thanks.

  2. gretchen on February 2, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    Yeah – I am feeling the urge to dig out my rudiment books and start over. ;)

  3. Chris K. on February 3, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    Hi, Thanks for adding Caitlin to your site but we have to make a correction. A great young lady named “LUX” holds the World’s fastest hands record. Caitlin holds the record for fastest feet and for the youngest to hold a WFD record at 14 years, 6 days. We have to give “LUX” her very due credit!! She’s awesome!!
    Thanks, Chris and Caitlin

  4. gretchen on February 3, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    Chris and Caitlin – I have edited the article to reflect the corrections. Thank you. Rock on! :d/

  5. RUBEN on February 22, 2007 at 10:02 pm


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  7. HALEAK on September 2, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    Mother (84) asked whether or not there were any female drummers (and I knew there were), our church has one. She loves (and still shakes her booty-even at 84).

    I always look up answers to her every question, though, so here I am, but astounded. I will tell her in the a.m. about Caitlin. Do some recordings now, get in with a band, I’ll buy it and she can shake some more.


  8. bob on September 25, 2007 at 5:37 am


  9. kilburn rebello on January 18, 2008 at 9:06 am

    i can play better than that at the age of 13. i am a boy.

    just joking you are really good.

    but i want to be better than you. i am coming to get you.

  10. kilburn rebello on January 18, 2008 at 9:08 am

    watch out.

  11. Caitlin on February 1, 2008 at 7:27 am

    Just stopping by to share my website

    Thanks for the nice comments!!!


  12. gretchen on February 1, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Hey Caitlin – thanks for stopping by. Rock on! :)>-

  13. Shull on April 26, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    damn you’re good!! i miss playing the drums…havn’t been able to play much since i joined the army. have fun girl!

  14. Shull on April 26, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    wait a minute dude i didn’t even see that you’re only 14!!! your really good!

  15. patty on April 24, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Caitlin—I am so impressed by you. I started drumming at the age of 50 and now I play in a classic rock whatever band. I would love to learn you detail!!! You are awesome–keep it up and maybe the rockin drummers will be the female genre!!

  16. samantha on October 13, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    caitilin you are the best and you are soo lucky to be in the kicking daisies

  17. davy on November 9, 2009 at 7:49 am


  18. charlotte frost on November 11, 2009 at 4:48 am

    she sounds so cool.

  19. s on January 10, 2010 at 5:18 am

    I’m a 14-year old girl and have played for 6 months. Your drumming is really impressive, Caitlin; you rock!

  20. Maecy on February 5, 2010 at 3:51 am

    I’ve just turned 7. I want to start learning the drums soon too. Is it hard?
    What’s it like playing?
    It looks really cool! It sounds sooooooooo loud.

  21. Caitlin on February 5, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Hey Maecy, I think it’s different with everyone. Some friends I have find it hard to play the drums. I even find it hard when learning new things. It’s all about sticking through the hard stuff and working it out if you don’t get it at first. Let me know if you have any questions, and good luck :)


    for anyone who hasn’t checked out or heard of Kicking Daisies (my band) go to our website… :D

  22. gretchen on February 5, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I agree with Caitlin – keep trying! I’ve been playing for 20 years and I’m still learning new styles and new tricks. I find that short bursts work best for me. I’ll try something new for say 10-15 minutes and then move on to something else for a while so I don’t get frustrated. Then I will come back to the new thing for another 10-15 minutes. Usually it doesn’t take long to get past the hard parts, but you have to practice consistently. ;)

  23. Maecy on February 5, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Hi Caitlin agaaaaaaaaain its Maecy agaaaaaaaaain thanks for responding to me.You are 100% cool! i live in Australia/Adelaide. i want to be good at drums like you but not the fastest.I like your band’s name a loooooot!
    byyyyyyyyyyye agaaaaaaaaan.

  24. samantha on April 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    i no her

  25. Anti-Women on May 17, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I admit she’s good but 799 beats in one minute? that’s impossible. that means shes hitting 13.5 notes in a second. no.

    • gretchen on May 18, 2010 at 7:31 am

      The fastest is around 1247 BPM, recorded at the NAMM convention in LA, so do the math. It is possible.

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