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Vic Firth Tommy Igoe VF-STI Signature Wood Tip Hickory Drum Sticks
Features a "Taj Mahal" tip that is ideal for sensitive cymbal work. The extended taper and length add leverage to this hickory stick for great feel and power when needed.
L = 16 1/8" | Dia. = .555"
Signature Series Drumsticks
Each Vic Firth Signature Series model was conceived through extensive research with the finest drummers from a variety of musical styles. The designs reflect their musical requirements in terms of balance, feel, sound projection and cymbal color. All colored sticks feature a clear, natural tip. All sticks are hickory unless otherwise noted.
Tommy Igoe is one of today's most successful and diverse drummers. Born in New Jersey, Igoe comes from a musical family. Ever since he began drumming as a 2-year-old, it was clear that music would be Tommy's passion. "He had to be dragged away from the drums," said his father, Sonny. During his early years, Igoe spent 15 years studying classical and jazz piano. He credits this experience as having a huge role in crafting his unique career. Igoe captured just about every junior and senior high school drumming award on the East coast and went on to tour with the Glenn Miller Band when he was just 18. In 1986, his career took off when he became active in the New York recording scene, and simultaneously joined the band Blood, Sweat and Tears as their touring drummer. Through the years that followed, Igoe quickly moved on to other great bands and artists including: New York Voices, Stanley Jordan, Art Garfunkel and Dave Grusin.
This continued until 1997, when he was asked to help create the drumset book for what would become a legendary production: The Lion King on Broadway. His book, which integrated the modern drumset with traditional African percussion, established a new benchmark for the drumset voice within musical theatre. It is currently being performed worldwide by many official companies. Igoe was an associate conductor of the Broadway production. While living in New York City, Tommy acted as bandleader for The Birdland Big Band -- the hottest weekly music event in New York. Tommy currently lives in San Francisco where his new band, The Tommy Igoe Big Band, enjoys a weekly residency at the Rrazz Room. Education plays a huge part in Igoe's musical genome. Says Igoe, "My father was one of the most respected drum teachers of any era, so I think it's in my blood." In 2004, Igoe created what has since become a legendary fixture in any serious drummers collection: Groove Essentials. This groundbreaking work has been credited with influencing more teachers and educators than any educational publication of the last 50 years.