A Conversation with Jake Nissly, Principal Percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony

Watch our in depth interview with Jake Nissly, Principal Percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony. Hear what Jake’s goals were when designing his signature stick and, most importantly, how it sounds when Jake plays part of Delecluse 9! We will also discuss Jake’s warm up routine and how he connects this with orchestral snare drum parts. Jake will demonstrate specifically what he does and what motivates him during this time of isolation. As a member of a major symphony orchestra, what demands does he face with conductors, different halls and the multiple orchestras he’s played with? Find out in our 1-on-1 with Jake!

Check out Jake Nissly’s signature drum sticks!

In a word: versatile. Jake designed this stick with unique specs to cover the full gamut of orchestral and rudimental snare drum repertoire, while utilizing laminated birch that feels both solid and lively in the hand.



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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