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Web Exclusive Feature: Josh Kiggans of Ward Hayden and the Outliers

 Josh Kiggans of Ward Hayden and the Outliers on the recording of their new album “Free Country.”  Josh Kiggans of Ward Hayden and the Outliers: My general approach is to always serve the song. I try to craft my parts in…

Modern Drummer
Sep 22, 2021

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

Vic Firth: 1930 to 2015

Vic Firth Modern Drummer was saddened to hear of the passing of Vic Firth. The following profile on the performing and manufacturing giant, written by Lauren Vogel Weiss, first appeared in the July 2013 issue of Drum Business magazine.  …

Modern Drummer
Jul 28, 2015

VIDEO LESSON! Pataflafla Hemiolas: Straight and Alternating Versions Over Half-Note Triplets

This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the August 2015 issue, which can be purchased at: Strictly Technique  Pataflafla Hemiolas Straight and Alternating Versions Over Half-Note Triplets by Bill Bachman This month we’re going to…

Modern Drummer
Jun 30, 2015

Strictly Technique: Flowing Groupings and Fill-Ins Exercises for Increased Single-Stroke Control

The excerpt below is taken from the complete article that appears in the July 2015 issue, which is available here. Strictly Technique Flowing Groupings and Fill-Ins Exercises for Increased Single-Stroke Control by Bill Bachman This month we’re going to work…

Modern Drummer
May 29, 2015

VIDEO LESSON! Strictly Technique: Pataflafla Builder

This post is excerpted from the complete article that appears in the May 2015 issue. Strictly Technique Pataflafla Builder Exercises for Developing a Challenging Yet Musical Rudiment by Bill Bachman One of the most beneficial of the forty PAS rudiments…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2015

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