Robert C. Snider is a percussionist with the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., presently featured with the Navy’s premier country-bluegrass band, the Country Current. Bob received a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree in percussion performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has studied with J.C. Combs, Albert Rometo, Gary Olmstead, Charlie Owen, Dennis Kain and Cloyd Duff. Prior to the Navy appointment in 1981, he taught band and percussion at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Bob is a very active performer having appeared with high school and college bands and orchestras nationwide. As an author, he has written for Percussive Notes, NACWAPI Journal, Band World and BD Guide magazines. Clinic appearances have included the American Band Masters Convention, the Western International Band Clinic, the American Band College, the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic and several appearances at the Percussive Arts Society’s International Conventions. As a member and past chairman of the Percussive Art’s Society’s Education Committee, he was a contributing author of Percussion Education: A Source Book of Concepts and Information.
In addition to his position with the Navy Band, Bob is a free-lance percussionist in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area.