Pacific Crest Welcomes Zildjian as a Corporate Partner

Pacific Crest is excited to announce our expanded partnership with the Zildjian & Vic Firth Company. Starting in 2019, the corps will perform on Zildjian cymbals, gongs, and crotales.

For the past two decades, Sabian was the cymbal of choice for Pacific Crest. “Our partnership with Sabian was fantastic,” according to Pacific Crest CEO, Stuart Pompel. “Dr. Nick Petrella and his team were incredibly supportive of our program, and I am convinced that our growth over the past 20 years has been due in large part to their support.”

In 2010, the Zildjian company acquired the Vic Firth company. Pacific Crest has been a Vic Firth partner for two decades, as well, and continues to use their sticks and mallets, exclusively. Then last year, the company’s Marching Manager, Brian Stockard (a PC alumnus), relocated to Southern California.

“The combined resources of Zildjian and Vic Firth — as well as their new local presence in SoCal — were intriguing to us,” said Pompel. “Zildjian is arguably the best known name in cymbals around the world! And we are excited about the possibilities of leveraging the strengths of both companies to move our program forward.”

Stockard added, “Pacific Crest has been a part of the Vic Firth family for many years. We are thrilled to bring our long standing relationship to the next level with the corps using Zildjian products on the field. We look forward to many years of continued success from this wonderful partnership.”

Pacific Crest is grateful to Sabian fortheir past support, and enthusiastically welcomes Zildjian to the Pacific Crest family.

Headquartered in Diamond Bar, CA, Pacific Crest began in 1993 with 33 students. Today it is one of North America’s most respected performing arts programs, and reaches 3,900 students each year. At the heart of the organization is a Drum and Bugle Corps, made up of 154 performers (selected by audition). The ensemble tours the United States each summer performing in 25 live events in front of 100,000 spectators. Pacific Crest a member of the Drum Corps International World Class. The ensemble has also appeared in cinema broadcasts, on television shows and commercials, and in world-class venues, including the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Rose Bowl, and Hollywood Bowl.

Founded by Avedis Zildjian in the year 1623 in the city of Constantinople, Zildjian cymbals have been manufactured for almost 400 years. The company moved their headquarters to Massachusetts in 1928 and have operated there ever since. The Zildjian family have ran the company since its founding. It is one of the oldest companies in the world, and is the #1 seller of Cymbals in the world. In 2010, the Zildjian company acquired the Vic Firth company. Vic Firth was founded in 1963 in Boston, MA and is the #1 seller of drumsticks in the world. In 2018, the Mike Balter brand of mallets joined the Avedis Zildjian family of brands.