The musician was best known for his drumstick company.
Vic Firth has died, according to a post on his Facebook page: “Vic was an inspiration to all of us. He was a visionary, a mentor, a leader and a friend. He always said he surrounded himself with the best people, but the truth is he brought out the best in all of us. His boundless passion for music and musicians drove every decision he made.”
Firth was a multi-instrumentalist and, starting in 1952, a percussionist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In the 1960s, he designed and developed his own drum sticks, which became popular enough with his students that he started his eponymous company. The Vic Firth Company now makes 12 million sticks a year.