News (Vic Firth)

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Zildjian Promotes Neil Larrivee to Vice President

The Avedis Zildjian Company has announced that Neil Larrivee has been promoted to vice president of Education and Drumstick Product Development. In this new role, Neil will bring together both the Zildjian and Vic Firth Education teams into a single,…

Modern Drummer
Sep 30, 2016

News: Vic Firth Inducted Into Guitar Center RockWalk

The Guitar Center RockWalk recently welcomed Everett “Vic” Firth, world famous timpanist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and founder of the Vic Firth Company, to its ranks of music pioneers and performing legends. Awarded posthumously at the 27th annual Guitar…

Modern Drummer
Feb 29, 2016

News: Vic’s Drum Shop Wins 2014 Outstanding Retailer Award From Vic Firth Company

Vic’s Drum Shop in Chicago has been selected to receive the 2014 Outstanding Retailer Award from Vic Firth. The award was presented to drum shops across America that achieved double-digit sales growth last year with more than $25,000 in annual…

Modern Drummer
Mar 26, 2015

Showroom: New Vic Firth Accessories

VicGloves are specially designed to protect the player’s hands without sacrificing feel. Crafted from premium cabretta leather, these gloves feature a ventilated synthetic mesh palm and back and a synthetic rubber grip on the thumb and forefinger for extra grip…

Modern Drummer
Mar 2, 2015

Showroom: Vic Firth 
American Classic 5A and 5B Sticks Available With Barrel Tips

The American Classic 5A Barrel measures .565"x16" and features a proportionately barrel-shaped tip. The result is said to be a balanced stick that creates clarity with great tone. The .595"x16" American 5B Barrel features a reduced surface area of the…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2015

Vic Firth at NAMM 2015 (VIDEO)

In this video from NAMM 2015, Vic Firth’s Neil Larrivee, director of education and product development, shows us the latest in the product lines available for this year. Vic Firth has added two models to its American Classic series. Both…

Modern Drummer
Feb 13, 2015

Showroom: Vic Firth Split Brush Retractable Wire Brush

Designed with German drummer Florian Alexandru-Zorn, the Split Brush represents a new design concept for a wire brush. Created with two separate rows of medium-gauge wire, the two-tiered design helps produce different qualities of articulation. The retractable pull-rod includes a…

Modern Drummer
Feb 11, 2015

Showroom: Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand Slats

The Steve Smith Tala Wand Slats feature a foam center surrounded with four flat bamboo slats and wrapped in thin PVC and is said to provide a variety of unique sounds with ideal rebound and feel. Tala Wand Slats create…

Modern Drummer
Feb 6, 2015

Nile Drummer George Kollias Announces Special Guest Tim Yeung at L.A. Drum Camp

Heavy metal drummer, educator, and instructional DVD creator George Kollias (Nile) debuts his first-ever drum camp this May 16– 18 at the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles, located at 6360 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills, California. Produced by MUSO Entertainment, Kollias’s three-day drum camp offers a limited…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2014

Drum Daze 2014 Columbus, Ohio

Modern Drummer Publications and Columbus Pro Percussion are teaming up to create one amazing drumming day. On Sunday, March 30th, some of the biggest names in drumming will come together for an afternoon you won’t forget. But what is Drum Daze?…

Modern Drummer
Mar 21, 2014

VIDEO - Vic Firth NAMM Show 2014 New Gear Coverage

  In this video Vic Firth discusses their latest products and educational apps at The NAMM Show 2014. Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Vic Firth bills itself as the world's largest manufacturer of drum sticks and mallets.…

Modern Drummer
Jan 25, 2014

Vic Firth Inducted by Music for All into the Bands of America Hall of Fame

Vic Firth Company is pleased to announce that Vic Firth has been inducted into the Music for All 2013 Bands of America Hall of Fame. The Bands of America Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have greatly impacted the nation’s…

Modern Drummer
May 31, 2013

Marvin McQuitty Limited Edition Commemorative Sticks

To commemorate the life and talent of beloved, world-renown drummer Marvin McQuitty, VIC FIRTH has printed a limited run of Uncle Marv’s favorite American Classic Extreme 5A sticks with his customized signature. To purchase visit or click the image below.

Modern Drummer
Dec 4, 2012

The Drum Exchange Celebrates 20 Years!

Please join the Drum Exchange for their “20th Anniversary Bash” on Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 1:00PM to 4:00PM, 4501 Interlake Ave. N. Seattle. This FREE event includes: • FREE cowbell giveaway at 1:00 PM (while supplies last, limit 1…

Modern Drummer
Sep 26, 2012

Roland Announces V-Drums World Championship 2

Roland U.S. is pleased to announce the V-Drums® World Championship 2, the second annual international competition to find the top drummer in the world. The U.S. portion of the V-Drums® World Championship 2 begins with the V-Drums U.S. NationalChampionship. The…

Modern Drummer
Jun 18, 2012

DW 40 Years Clinic Tours

Join Guitar Center For The Exclusive DW 40 Years Clinic Tour 2012 These unique tours will feature live performances, Q & A, and a meet and greet all hosted from the DW mobile stage. Day of event deals available to…

Modern Drummer
Apr 9, 2012

Drum Roll Please...

The drummers of Sticks 'n' Skins are now among the honored innovators and artisans on display at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Thanks to everyone's combined efforts and talents, Sticks 'n' Skins take its proud place on display in…

Modern Drummer
Nov 30, 2011

New Vic Firth Sticks

Vic Firth Russ Miller Hi-Def And Peter Erskine Big Band Signatures, American Classic 5A Dual-Tones, And 5B Chop-Out Practice Sticks The new Russ Miller Hi-Def signature stick is made with a thin .535" hickory shaft and a special half-acorn wood…

Modern Drummer
Apr 18, 2011