Vic Firth: , drumstick pioneer and percussionists, dies at 85

Vic Firth, who revolutionised drumsticks and became a household name for generations of percussionists after growing fed up with lacklustre quality, has died at the age of 85

Gary Husband
I am shocked and deeply saddened his morning to hear of the passing of the legendary, inspirational, icon, innovator and true gentleman Mr Vic Firth. I remember meeting this lovely man in the mid '80s - an isolated occasion. He was there for the entire gig and offered beautiful and warm comments to me afterwards. Decades later I met him once again at a London Zildjian Artist Session, and he remembered me, and the occasion, to the button. Amazing. Just amazing. However, at this sad time I would like to express my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to all nearest and dearest to dear Vic, to all who loved him, worked with him... also to all those who (like me) had the honour of meeting him only fleetingly and being touched by his warm, sincere and totally benevolent spirit. I'm sure, like me, you will never have forgotten it. He very evidently never forgot us!
Rest in peace dear Vic, thank you so much for all you did and all you will always continue to stand for.
Gary Husband.