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Vic Firth

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Founder from the Vic Firth Firm, which focuses on the creation of percussion equipment like drum sticks and mallets. He performed using the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 12 years before founding his firm. The Vic Firth Firm merged using the Avedis Zildjian Firm this year 2010. His parents had been Everett E. and Rosemary Firth. His firm has produced drum sticks utilized by famous brands drummer Kenny Aronoff.

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Full Name Vic Firth
Date Of Birth June 2, 1930
Died July 26, 2015, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Place Of Birth Winchester, MA
Profession Entrepreneur
Parents Everett E., Rosemary Firth
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1He was the principal tympanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years. When he joined the orchestra, he was the youngest player by a wide margin. After joining, he earned a bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. He later served as the head of the conservatory's percussion department for more than 40 years.
2He was frustrated with drumsticks on the market, so he whittled a prototype that had the lightness, versatility, and equilibrium he wanted, and hired a wood turner to fabricate the sticks. He intended them solely for his own use, but his students asked for them. Soon other drummers did too, and in 1963 Vic Firth Inc. was founded. Today the company turns out some 12 million drumsticks and mallets annually. Its wares have been used by renowned classical, jazz and rock drummers, including Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones.
3His father was a trumpet player.
4He owns a company where they make drumsticks for any musicians.


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Experience1997-2005TV Series documentary musician - 6 episodes
Vietnam: A Television History1983TV Series documentary musician - 11 episodes

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#Quote
1I was sitting on the stage, and they asked me to lead off the big drum solo. I was wearing a coat and tie and I told them I'd look like a stuffed shirt. But they persuaded me to take them off, and I did start off the solo. [on his cameo appearance with the Grateful Dead in Providence, Rhode Island]


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