SAM BACCO is currently the Principal Percussionist and Assistant Timpanist for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure, the Orchestra has created 30 internationally distributed CDs, received 17 GRAMMY nominations and won 8 Grammy awards. Prior to his appointment in Nashville, he served as the Principal Timpanist of the “Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico” in Mexico City.
As an educator, he’s been on the faculty of the prestigious “National School of Music” in Mexico City (founded by Carlos Chavez)and Belmont University in Nashville.
As a first-call studio musician, he has performed and collaborated on hundreds of award winning recording projects, including television and motion picture soundtracks in the Pop, Rock, Country, Bluegrass, Orchestral and Contemporary Christian fields with a diverse group of artists including Garth Brooks, Neil Diamond, Sheryl Crow, Amy Grant, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Travis Tritt, Trisha Yearwood, J D Souther, Jill Sobule, Acoustic Alchemy, New Grass Revival, Mark O’Conner, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Winwood, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart and numerous others.
In addition to his performing, teaching and recording experiences, Sam is among the world’s foremost experts on the history and manufacturing of percussion instruments. Internationally respected as a designer, builder and restorer of percussion instruments and accessories, he has decades of experience consulting, designing and developing products for many of the major brands in the percussion industry. His custom built products and museum quality restorations are found in the collections of the most prominent musicians and institutions on the planet.
Sam’s personal collection houses well over 1000 unique and historical percussion instruments, books, catalogs and sound effects from around the world.