Anyone who has ever played the drums would agree drumsticks play a key role in sound quality and performance. If you've ever touched a drumstick, be it in a high school music class or during a stage performance in front of packed crowd, chances are it was with a Vic Firth product. For the past 50 years, the Vic Firth Company has been the world's largest marketer of drumsticks and mallets, as well as an industry leader in design, technology and education.
Founded in 1963 in Winchester, Massachusetts by its creator, Vic Firth, a musician himself who wanted to work with higher quality drumsticks then was available at the time. Vic started to make his own sticks by first hand whittling, then sending these prototypes to a wood turner. Since then, the company has grown rapidly and now makes over 12 million sticks a year used all over the world.
The Vic Firth Company continues to offer new products to drummers throughout the world. But because they have such an expansive list of products, it's important to consider your actual needs first. If you're looking for durable, lightweight drumsticks with a full sound and deep back-cut tips for better cymbal response, try the Vic Firth Classic Hickory sticks. On the other hand, if you like something a bit more customized, the Peter Erskine Signature Ride drumsticks has all the features you'd expect from Vic Frith and was designed by the famous jazz drummer.
Not just drumsticks, the Vic Firth Company offers nearly 300 other types of supporting pieces and equipment including mallets, headphones, brushes, bags, practice pads and percussion sets. With options like the Steve Gadd Wire Brushes and American Custom Timpani Mallets for added depth and sound for marching bands or solo performances, there is truly a tool for anyone in need of high-quality drum accessories.
As a teacher himself, Vic Firth is a strong believer in ongoing education. His company provides a resource center to assist in ongoing learning on the company website. Dozens of articles, beginner and advanced video lessons, podcasts and more give experienced drummers and beginners alike an indispensable library of tools to help them master the beat. By combining top of the line equipment and such a large assortment of instructional material, it's no surprise Vic Firth is the number one choice of music teachers, professional musicians and student drummers today.