Everett “Vic” Firth, the founder of the drumstick and mallet company that bears his name, passed away on July 26, 2015 at the age of 85.
Firth was born June 2, 1930, in Winchester, MA and raised in Sanford, Maine. 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.