A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Snider completed his bachelor's degree in 1976 at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) and his master's degree in 1978 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
He has performed as a percussion soloist/clinician for the American Bandmasters Association, the Mid West Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Western International Band Clinic, the American Band College, and on three Percussive Arts Society International Conventions.
He has had many articles published in Band World magazine and in the Percussive Notes. His book "Percussion Section Techniques" written with Steve Grimo, is published by Meredith/Hal Leonard. Snider has also performed with numerous local symphony orchestras in Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Virginia and Maryland.
Snider recently retired from the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., after 30 years of service. While there, he served as National Tour Director, percussionist and later timpanist with the Concert Band and drummer for the Country Current. Snider was the assistant director of bands and percussion instructor at the University of Wisconsin (Green Bay) prior to being selected for Navy Band-Washington in 1981.
Snider is a busy freelance percussionist in the Washington, D.C. area and maintains a home percussion/piano studio in Owings, Maryland.