Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, the company bills itself as the world’s largest manufacturer of drum sticks and mallets, which are made in Newport, Maine.
In 2010, the company merged with Avedis Zildjian Company; officials said at the time that the companies would continue to run independently.
Vic Firth was born June 2, 1930, in Winchester, Massachusetts. He was raised in Sanford, Maine by parents Everett E. and Rosemary Firth, where he graduated from Sanford High School.
Son of a successful trumpet player, he started learning the cornet at age four, turning later to percussion, trombone, clarinet, piano, and music arrangement.
When he reached high school, he was a full-time percussionist, and created an 18-piece band at age 16.
He played a variety of percussion instruments such as vibraphone, timpani and the drum set. He holds a Bachelor’s degree, as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Music from New England Conservatory in Boston.