Vic Firth was born on June 2, 1930 to a successful trumpet player. Music was in Vic’s family and he began playing at the age of four. By the time he reached high school he was a full time percussionist learning how to play the vibraphone, timpani and the drum set.
Firth had been playing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over 12 years when he felt the need for higher quality drumsticks than what he currently had. Firth physically hand whittled the first sticks from larger ones and sent them to a wood turner. These would eventually become the prototypes for Vic Firth’s first two model sticks called the SD1 and SD2.
Although these sticks were originally designed for Vic Firth himself they gained popularity with students who he taught percussion too and Vic Firth, Inc. was born in 1962. Today now called the Vic Firth Company, the drumstick maker produces over 300 products and makes more than 12 million sticks per year.
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