Most people who are not drummers have probably never heard of Vic Firth. For more than 40 years, he was the principal tympanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and in the 1960’s, after growing dissatisfied with the drumsticks available on the market, he created his own.
His students loved the sticks he created, and in 1963, Vic Firth Inc. was born. The company sells over 10 million drumsticks and mallets annually, and are used by many well-known drummers from genres ranging from classical music to rock to jazz.
A lifelong musician, Vic joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 21, becoming the Orchestra’s youngest member. He was also a faculty member at the New England Conservatory.
The contribution of Vic Firth to the world of music is immeasurable, and he will be sorely missed.