Bill Clark


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Factory Manager
Company Name
Vater Percussion Inc.

Bill Clark began working for Vater Percussion right when the company was officially established. Alan and Ron Vater’s grandfather, Jack, started making drumsticks for his retail store in 1956 and in 1975 Jack’s son Clarence formed the official company. That is when Alan and Ron, along with their school mate Bill, started with the Vater line of products. Bill played a vital role in the development of the production when the brand became popular. Among his contributions to the factory was a significant improvement on making their world class drumsticks faster, thanks in part to a unique tumbler process.