Oral History Information
Neil Larrivee was just four years old when he began playing drums. His father was a manager for rock bands and music was all around Neil as he grew up. He served in the Drum and Bugle Corps when he was 11 and soon embraced orchestral music and the timpani. He landed a job with Vic Firth, just as the mallet company was taking off. Neil’s first office was in Vic’s home, near the washing machine. As the company grew and developed so did his role within the business, staying with Vic for over thirty years. After Vic passed away, Neil stayed on as the company transitioned to Zildjian in 2010, which he always felt was the perfect home for Vic’s beloved products.