Missouri Raising Money to Replace Battered Drum
COLUMBIA (AP) - Decades of distracting opposing quarterbacks have taken a physical toll on the 150-pound bass drum used to fire up the Faurot Field home crowd at Missouri football games.
Two music service fraternities that care for the Big MO drum are attempting to raise $55,000 to replace the 6-foot icon. The drum, a gift from the St. Louis Quarterback Club, has been a fixture beyond Memorial Stadium's south end zone since 1981.
The Columbia Missourian reports that the new Big MO will measure 9 feet in diameter and 54 inches wide, making it college football's biggest. The bass drum's caretakers spent more than four years trying to find a qualified builder for a drum that stands 11 feet tall when on its rolling cart.