Boston, MA May 2013 – Vic Firth Company, the world’s largest and leading manufacturer of drumsticks and mallets, is pleased to announce that Vic Firth has been inducted into the Music for All 2013 Bands of America Hall of Fame.
The Bands of America Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have greatly impacted the nation’s band activity, the Bands of America organization and music education. For more than 50 years, Mr. Firth has been a leader in percussion education. He became the Percussion Department Head at the New England Conservatory in 1952 — the same year that he began his career with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. During this time period, Vic authored eight percussion method books and wrote 17 compositions for classical percussion. These works have long been considered international standards in the high school and collegiate repertoire, as well as for audition, solo and ensemble festival material.
Both the Vic Firth Company and Vic himself have been active supporters of Music for All from the very beginning. The Principal Timpani Chair of the Honor Orchestra of America is endowed by Mr. Firth and he has been a presenter at the annual Summer Symposium. Vic is a true music industry legend and his presence at these events is always a thrill for the Music for All participants. As Vic was introduced as a member of the 2013 Bands of America Hall of Fame, the entire audience stood and showered him with thunderous applause!
“Presenting this Hall of Fame award to Mr. Vic Firth at the MFA National Festival was a true opportunity to connect generations of music education and performance participants,” stated Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music For All. “More than 2000 young scholastic musicians were able to see, live and be a part of history. Mr. Firth and his skill as a musician, educator and music entrepreneur are legendary. To be able to witness this connection with our MFA organization was truly life-changing!”
“To be recognized with this award is a great honor and motivation to do even more,” stated Vic, reflecting on his Hall of Fame induction. “Students have always been a great source of inspiration to me. The future of music lies in young musicians’ hands. For this reason, we must stimulate, encourage and nurture their talents to their fullest potential. And to the teachers of the world, I thank you for what you do! You are the true unsung heroes of the music business!”