A graduate of the University of North Texas, Ron Snider has been assistant principal percussionist with the Dallas Symphony since 1970. As a studio musician, Ron has played on hundreds of recordings for film,television,radio, and records. He also performs on the cimbalom, a large concert hammered dulcimer from Hungary. As a CimbalomÂ Â soloist, Ron played on the DSO and Milwaukee Symphonyâ€™s recordings ofÂ Â Zoltan Kodalyâ€™s â€śHary Janosâ€ť, and appeared as soloist with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston, and others. In 1990, Ron founded the world percussion group Dâ€™Drum, for whom the DSO commissioned a concerto titled â€ś Gamelan Dâ€™Drumâ€ť, composed by Stewart Copeland and premiered in 2011 with Jaap van Sweden conducting. Dâ€™ Drum also performed the concerto with orchestras in Cleveland, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. A film titled â€śDare to Drumâ€ť about the creation of the work and the premier performance was released and available on Amazon prime. Dâ€™Drum also created the soundtrack for National Geographicâ€™s Emmy award winning film â€ś Lions of Darknessâ€ť, as well as the PBS series â€śWishboneâ€ť.