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Vater Percussion

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Type  Private
Owners  Alan and Ron Vater
Founder  Clarence Vater
Founded  1956
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Industry  Manufacturer of percussion sticks and mallets,
Number of locations  Holbrook, Massachusetts
Website  Vater Percussion company web site

Vater percussion marching sticks

Vater Percussion is an American drumstick and percussion accessory manufacturing company. It was founded by Jack Adams, and is now run by his two grandsons Alan and Ron Vater. Although the company began producing sticks in 1956, it did not officially become Vater Percussion until much later.



The first sticks made by Vater were made by Jack Adams and Ron and Alan's godfather Fred Michaeli in Jacks Drum Shop in Boston, Massachusetts. Jacks was one of the first shops to offer custom models, and began producing custom models for Buddy Rich, Philly Joe Jones and Elvin Jones. In the early to mid-1980s what would become Vater began manufacturing drumsticks for Vic Firth percussion and Zildjian Cymbals. On 22 October, 1988, Vater moved their factory to Holbrook, Massachusetts. Three years later the first Vater drumsticks were introduced at a Percussive Arts Society show.

Vater guarantees their sticks to be "straighter, more consistent and of higher quality than all other leading drumstick manufacturers". Vater sticks typically have a higher moisture content than other drumsticks, which is intended to create more durable drumsticks, though this does result in a slightly heavier stick.

Besides drum sticks, Vater also manufactures a variety of timpani mallets, marimba mallets, vibraphone mallets, brushes, specialty sticks, silence mutes, stick bags, drink holders and other accessories.

Notable users

  • Frank Ferrer (Guns N' Roses, The Psychedelic Furs)
  • Rikki Rockett (Poison)
  • Duayne Sanford aka DS DrummerBoi (Honne)
  • Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Testament)
  • Morgan Rose (Sevendust)
  • Virgil Donati
  • Will Hunt (Evanescence, Black Label Society, Static X)
  • Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)
  • Jess Bowen (The Summer Set)
  • Mario Calire (Ozomatli, The Wallflowers)
  • Stewart Copeland (The Police)
  • Max Weinberg (The E Street Band)
  • Jason Hartless (Pistol Day Parade)
  • Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon)
  • Chico Hamilton (jazz legend)
  • Steve Prestwich (Cold Chisel)
  • Gary Wallis (UK session percussionist/drummer)
  • Sean Kinney (Alice in Chains)
  • Martin Langer (Jeanette)
  • Jay Lane (Primus, RatDog)
  • David Lovering (Pixies)
  • Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • Chad Sexton (311)
  • Jürgen Zöller (Bap)
  • Jason Duffy (Michael Flatley, The Corrs)
  • Matt Flynn (Maroon 5)
  • Ilan Rubin (Nine Inch Nails, Angels and Airwaves)
  • Austin Matthews (Independent)
  • Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park)
  • Josh Dun (Twenty One Pilots)
  • Chris Gaylor (The All-American Rejects)
  • Felipe Millar (Sillo's Iguanna)
  • Terrell Sass (Producer)
  • Jimmy Cobb (Miles Davis)
  • Charli Persip
  • Ben Gillies (Silverchair)
  • Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live Band)
  • Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, St. Vincent)
  • Tim Alexander (Primus)
  • Mike Byrne (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Jose Pasillas (Incubus)
  • Chris Dave (Meshell Ndegeocello, Adele)
  • Sydney Sierota (Echosmith)
  • Mike Mangini (Dream Theater)
  • Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses, Adler's Appetite)
  • Logan Baldwin (LOLO), (Independent)
  • References

    Vater Percussion Wikipedia