Sponsored by Vic Firth
Neil Larrivee is the Vice President of Education and Drum Stick Product Development for the Vic Firth and Zildjian Companies. For the past 30 years, he has played a unique role in the overall growth of the Vic Firth Company while also coordinating the music industry’s leading education program in a manner that supports training growth for students, teachers and programs, throughout the world.
Outside of music business, Neil has over 35 years of music teaching experience. He is the former Front Ensemble Director and Arranger for the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. There, he was part of four DCI championships and four High Percussion Awards during his 16-year tenure, resulting in his induction into the Cadets Hall of Fame.
From 1985-2002, Neil was the Co-Marching Band Director, Percussion Director and Arranger at King Philip Regional High School of Wrentham, MA. During his time at King Philip, the Marching Band attained state, regional and national success including two Bands of America Northeast Regional Championships, two BOA Grand National Semi-Finalist placements and the 2000 Grand National AA Class Bronze Medal. The Indoor Marching Percussion Ensemble captured the 2000 WGI Scholastic World Championship and placed second in 1997, 1998, and 2001. Additionally, the Concert Percussion Ensemble placed second in the 2001 Scholastic Concert World Class.
From 2004-2010 Neil was the pit arranger for the Dartmouth High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble. During that time, Dartmouth won the 2008 and 2009 WGI Scholastic World Championship, placed second in 2006 & 2007 while also placing 3rd in 2004 and 2005. Neil was inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame during a ceremony preceding the WGI Percussion World Championships on Wednesday, April 13 in Dayton, Ohio.
Neil is an active clinician and adjudicator in the marching band and indoor percussion arena. As an avid concert attendee, Neil will often be found taking in live performances of jazz, orchestral music or contemporary chamber music in Boston or wherever his travels may take him.