D'Addario reacts to ProMark founder's passing

ProMark founder Irvin 'Herb' Brochstein
ProMark founder Irvin 'Herb' Brochstein

Rhythm was saddened to recently learn of the passing of Pro-Mark Drumsticks founder Irvin 'Herb' Brochstein.

Below we have published ProMark distributor D'Addario's reaction to this news.

Irvin 'Herb' Brochstein, musician, industry pioneer, and founder of Pro-Mark Drumsticks, passed away last week.

Launched in 1957 with just 1,200 drumsticks, the Pro-Mark drumstick company came to define the ultimate sound and performance for top drummers around the world. Aside from his drumstick success, Mr. Brochstein was multi-dynamic throughout his long music career of recording and performing, teaching, and owning a drum shop.

After he bought a few pairs of drumsticks made out of Oak from a passing salesman, Mr. Brochstein's interest in sticks took hold. Noticing their superior performance over sticks made of traditional materials, he began selling the sticks to his students as well as traveling drummers passing through Houston. The company name, Pro-Mark", means "the mark of a professional."

Acquired by D'Addario in 2011, Pro-Mark still operates as a family business based in Houston. Exporting to 110 countries around the world, their products are endorsed by top current drummers from from Rush all the way to Radiohead.

"I had the privilege to know and work with Herb Brochstein in the early 1980's. Herb was a mentor and friend throughout my career. We at D'Addario look forward to continuing to build on Herb's goal of providing the best quality sticks available" stated Rick Drumm, president of D'Addario

Services were held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, January 20th at Emanu El Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requested donations be made to the Houston Humane Society.

For more information on ProMark, please visit www.promark.com.

Rich Chamberlain

Rich is a teacher, one time Rhythm staff writer and experienced freelance journalist who has interviewed countless revered musicians, engineers, producers and stars for the our world-leading music making portfolio, including such titles as Rhythm, Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, and MusicRadar. His victims include such luminaries as Ice T, Mark Guilani and Jamie Oliver (the drumming one).