Drumming and Drumstick Pioneer Ron Vater Has Died, Age 63

Another crushing loss early in 2020 for the drumming world as Ron Vater, whose drumming sticks and gear defined an entire generation of playing at Vater Percussion, has died. He was 63. The news came via an announcement on the company’s social media accounts, as well as a memorial on the Vater website. Vater was actually founded in 1956, the year before Ron was born, and the first Vater sticks were made by Jack Adams, who passed down the Hollbrook, Massachusetts company to his grandsons, Ron and Alan. We send out our sympathies to the entire Vater family, their many fans and players around the world at this difficult time. Continue reading