A Conversation with Greg Zuber, Principal Percussionist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

On 6/24/20, we went LIVE with the Vic Firth Signature Artist, Greg Zuber, Principal Percussionist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Join us as we sit down with Greg and discuss his snare drum sticks, Nothung and the Excalibur. Greg shares his backstory for each pair and even plays several standard orchestral excerpts.

Check out Greg Zuber’s signature Nothung concert snare sticks!

The weight of laminated birch paired with the much larger shaft diameter make Greg Zuber’s new Nothung concert snare stick a truly unique offering to the Symphonic Collection. As the Principal Percussionist of the MET Orchestra, Greg needed a stick that could cover a wide array of musical situations, so the oversized acorn tip, longer taper, and thick shaft were designed to work together for maximum versatility for general orchestral playing and allow the player to use the weight for ultimate control across the full dynamic range.

Check out Greg Zuber’s signature Excalibur concert snare sticks!

An additional laminated birch model from Greg Zuber, the Excalibur, features a larger diameter shaft and a narrow neck leading to a small, bullet shaped tip. In combination, these design elements allow the player the utmost dynamic control especially for lower volume passages.



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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