Ronald Snider

Assistant Principal Percussion


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 Cimbalom  soloist, Ron played on the DSO and Milwaukee Symphony’s recordings of  Zoltan Kodaly’s “Hary Janos”, 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 D’Drum, for whom the DSO commissioned a concerto titled “ Gamelan D’Drum”, composed by Stewart Copeland and premiered in 2011 with Jaap van Sweden conducting. D’ Drum also performed the concerto with orchestras in Cleveland, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. A film titled “Dare to Drum” about the creation of the work and the premier performance was released and available on Amazon prime. D’Drum also created the soundtrack for National Geographic’s Emmy award winning film “ Lions of Darkness”, as well as the PBS series “Wishbone”.