Brian Del Signore (Principal Percussion—Houston Symphony)“I have been using Patterson snares for more than 15 years. They have a solid response and are absolutely great sounding at all levels, delivering clarity and substance of snare sound even at pianissimo. His customized snares enabled me to convert my old Gretsch 6 ½ into my main drum for the Houston Symphony.” Brian Del Signore is the Principal Percussionist and Associate Principal Timpanist of the Houston Symphony. He joined Houston Symphony in 1986. Born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Brian Del Signore began piano studies at age six and drums at age eleven. While studying with the percussionists of the Pittsburgh Symphony, he earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie-Mellon University. Mr. Del Signore also has a Masters in Music from Temple University where he studied with Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Before coming to Houston, Mr. Del Signore was principal percussionist for one year with the Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan, and performed extensively as an extra percussionist with the Pittsburgh Symphony and several times with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has also performed with the orchestras of Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. The Houston Symphony keeps a busy fifty-two week a year schedule playing classical, pops, and educational orchestral concerts in Houston, and tours in the United States and internationally. Mr. Del Signore also keeps a recording studio in his home, and amongst other work in recent years, has enjoyed producing music for children.