Everett “Vic” Firth, founder of leading drumstick manufacturing company Vic Firth Company, has died, according to a statement on the company’s Facebook page on Monday (July 27). He was 85.
Firth founded his company in 1963 after performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Vic Firth Company soon became the leading drumstick manufacturer in the world, and in 2012 that it produces about 12 million drumsticks every year.
“Vic was an inspiration to us all,” the Facebook post says. “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.”
Drummers and music industry professionals around the world took to social media to express their condolences and share their experiences with the drumstick legend. Chris Fryar, drummer for the Zac Brown Band, and Jake Garland, drummer of Memphis May Fire, posted on Twitter how saddened they were to hear the news of Firth’s death.
No cause of death has been announced.
@vicfirth My heart is broken. Thank you, Vic for all you have contributed to the world of drumming. You will be greatly missed.
— Chris Fryar (@ChrisFryarZBB) July 27, 2015
Bang a drum in honor of timpanist & founder of the legendary drum stick manufacturer, Vic Firth (1930-2015). RIP. pic.twitter.com/WZDddGs5z7
— Moog Music Inc. (@moogmusicinc) July 27, 2015