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Music company executive

Armand Arthur Zildjian, music company executive. Recipient Rock Walk honor Guitar Center, Hollywood, California, 1987. Served with United States Coast Guard, 1942-1945. Member American Music Conference (member committee), Percussive Arts Society of America (Outstanding Contribution award 1984).

Background

Zildjian, Armand Arthur was born on February 18, 1921 in Milton, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Avedis Armand and Alice Francis (Goodale) Zildjian.

Education

Student, Colgate University, 1940-1942.

Career

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 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 CEO of the Zildjian Company and Debbie is the Vice President of Human Resources. More can be found on the Zildjian website.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Inventor numerous percussive cymbal designs and models.

Religion

Subsequently Robert decided to go into the cymbal business himself forming the Sabian Cymbal Company, in competition with his brother.

Membership

Served with United States Coast Guard, 1942-1945. Member American Music Conference (member committee), Percussive Arts Society of America (Outstanding Contribution award 1984).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: music, golf.

Connections

Married Andra Potter. Children: Wendy Z. Mets, Craigie, Deborah, Robert.

father:
Avedis Armand Zildjian

mother:
Alice Francis (Goodale) Zildjian

spouse:
Andra Potter

children:
Wendy Z. Mets Zildjian

Craigie Zildjian

Deborah Zildjian

Robert Zildjian