Looking to pack even more activities into your DCI World Championships week? Head up to Newport, Maine, on Aug. 8 or Aug. 9 for a free tour of the Vic Firth factory! For over 40 years, Vic Firth Inc. has produced the finest drumsticks and mallets available. Crafting a raw piece of wood into the "perfect pair" of sticks is a process that you truly have to see to believe. From the precise temperature and humidity control in our kilns to the computer aided pairing process, each step represents a continual advancement in manufacturing that began when Vic first started making sticks in 1963.