Vic Firth Drumstick Manufacturing Company founder dies at 85

The drumstick founder died at age of 85

Everett “Vic” Firth, founder of Vic Firth Drumsticks has died at the age of 85. The company posted the announcement Monday (July 27th) on its Facebook page.

“We are heartbroken to share the news with you that Vic has passed away,” the statement says.

“Vic was an inspiration to all of us. He was a visionary, a mentor, a leader and a friend. He always said he surrounded himself with the best people, but the truth is he brought out the best in all of us. His boundless passion for music and musicians drove every decision he made.

“Vic’s spirit and legacy will continue to live at the core of the Vic Firth Company. He will be missed beyond words.”

Firth founded the company in 1963, shortly after performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Vic Firth is one of the leading drumstick manufacturers in the world and produces about 12 million drumsticks per year.

Gregg Bissonette, Jim Riley, Johnny Rabb and Steve Gadd are among the many top drummers expressing their their condolences via social media.

Pearl Drums, Remo Percussion and Roland US are among the drum manufacturers who have shared their thoughts as well.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.