History of the Drumset: Part 8

1929 – Big Band Drumming


One of the most memorable years in history due to the stock market crash and the Great Depression, 1929 was a terrible time for many around the world. Fortunately, jazz music and the big band helped many get through these tough times.


An early version of the cymbal foot pedal called the “snowshoe cymbal”, also called the “Charleston Cymbal”

The snowshoe cymbal developed into a pedal called the “Low-Boy” hi-hat

Drummers like Zutty Singleton helped to usher in the swing era

The swing era in full swing!


1963 The Vic Firth Company is Founded

Vic Firth launches his company with some of the most popular sticks and mallets in production today: the T1 General Timpani Mallet and SD1 General Snare Drum Stick. Committed to producing the highest quality products, these iconic sticks and mallets are still the world’s best sellers over 60 years later!

1983 Signature Series

Vic Firth launches the Steve Gadd signature model and becomes the first company to produce signature drumsticks that reflect the true musical requirements of the artist. To this day, each model is conceived through extensive research with the world’s top players.

1994 Stone Grinding

Vic begins producing sticks in center-less stone grinders rather than traditional lathes. A first for the industry, stone grinding increases quality, consistency, and allows for more complex design elements such as unique tip shapes and tapers.

2002 Injection Molded Nylon Tips

Vic solves the age old problem of nylon tips flying off by developing an injection molding system whereby the stick and the tip become one! For the first time in drumstick history, nylon tips mirror the shape and profile of their wood counterparts!


For nearly 60 years, we at the Vic Firth Company have focused on developing and manufacturing what has become the world’s most popular drumsticks, mallets, alternative implements, and accessories… with the best durability, feel, and sound options, across the widest variety of genres and styles.

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