Student, Colgate University, 1940-1942.
Born in Milton, Massachusetts, Armand Zildjian was the first Zildjian to be born in United States. Armand was the scion of a cymbal-making tradition that dated back to his ancestor Avedis, who began the company in 1623 in Istanbul. Two years before his death, Avedis appointed Armand President of the Avedis Zildjian Company.
Armand Zildjian attended Colgate University, and served with the United States Coast Guard in the Pacific during World World War World War II After the war, he returned to his father"s factory in Quincy, Massachusetts, where, with the help of such music drumming stars as Chick Webb and Gene Krupa, Avedis and Armand revolutionized the cymbal business by adapting cymbals for drum sets by making them thinner.
Zildjian has an honorary degree from Berklee College of Music, is an inductee into the Percussive Hall of Fame, and has his name immortalized on the Guitar Center Rock Walk in Hollywood, California. Armand has four children: Craigie, Debbie, Wendy, and Rab.
Craigie is Chief Executive Officer of the Zildjian Company and Debbie is the Vice President of Human Resources. More can be found on the Zildjian website.
Served with United States Coast Guard, 1942-1945. Member American Music Conference (member committee), Percussive Arts Society of America (Outstanding Contribution award 1984).
Married Andra Potter. Children: Wendy Z. Mets, Craigie, Deborah, Robert.