We are saddened to report that Irvin “Herb” Brochstein, the founder of Pro-Mark Drumsticks, passed away last week. Brochstein was a musician and drum teacher who also owned a drum shop. After buying sticks made from oak, he realized their superiority to sticks made of other woods, and began selling hem to his students and the musicians of Houston. He founded Pro-Mark in 1957 and led the company to international success — Pro-Mark products are exported to 110 countries around the world and are endorsed by many of the world’s most renowned drummers. Pro-Mark was acquired by D’Addario in 2011, but still operates as a family-based business out of Houston.
Our condolences to his family and friends.