Sam Bacco is Principal Percussionist and Assistant Timpanist for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure, the orchestra has recorded thirty CDs, received seventeen Grammy nominations, and won eight Grammy awards. Prior to his appointment in the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, he served as Principal Timpanist of the “Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico” in Mexico City. As an educator, Bacco has been on the faculty of the National School of Music in Mexico City and Belmont University in Nashville. As a studio musician, he has performed with such diverse artists as Garth Brooks, Neil Diamond, Sheryl Crow, Amy Grant, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Trisha Yearwood, Acoustic Alchemy, Mark O’Conner, Steve Winwood, and Emmylou Harris. In addition to his performing, teaching, and recording experiences, Bacco is a designer, builder, and restorer of percussion instruments and accessories. He has had decades of experience consulting, designing, and developing products for the percussion industry. Bacco’s personal collection houses well over 1000 unique and historical percussion instruments, books, catalogs, and sound effects from around the world.