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Drumstick pioneer Vic Firth passes away

The musician and business owner has died aged 85.

Originally crafting drumsticks for his own personal use whilst performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Firth went on to found the company that would become the largest manufacturer of drumsticks in the world.

Vic Firth sticks are used by drummers the world over, including The Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts and Queen's Roger Taylor.

The company announced Firth's passing on their website, in a statement which reads:

"Vic was an inspiration to all of us. 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.

"Vic’s spirit and legacy will continue to live at the core of the Vic Firth Company. He will be missed beyond words."


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