Irvin "Herb" Brochstein: 1927-2013

Irvin** “**Herb” Brochstein, musician, industry pioneer, and founder of Pro-Mark Drumsticks, passed away on Jan. 16 at the age of 85.

Launched in 1957 with just 1,200 drumsticks, the Pro-Mark became one of the premier manufacturers of drum sticks in 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 travelling drummers passing through Houston, TX.

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 to Radiohead.

“I had the privilege to know and work with Herb Brochstein in the early 1980s. 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 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 at Emanu El Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requested donations be made to the Houston Humane Society.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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