Irvin “Herb” Brochstein, musician, industry pioneer, and founder of ProMark Drumsticks, passed away last week.
Launched in 1957 with just 1,200 drum sticks, the Pro-Mark drum stick company came to define the ultimate sound and performance for top drummers around the world. Aside from his drum stick 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, ProMark, means “the mark of a professional.”
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.