Sam Denov, a native of Chicago, is a graduate of the U.S. Navy School of Music and Chicago's Roosevelt University. Sam was a percussionist and timpanist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 31 years, retiring in 1985. Prior to being engaged for the Chicago Symphony in 1954 by the legendary Fritz Reiner, he was a member of the San Antonio and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. Sam was a scholarship student of the late PAS Hall of Famer, Roy C. Knapp. Known throughout the world as one of America's foremost percussionists, Sam has performed on more Grammy Award winning recordings than the Beatles. He has written many articles and is the author of the classic concert cymbals method, The Art of Playing the Cymbals, first published in 1963. That book is now distributed by Warner/Chappell Music Publications. He has also appeared in educational films and on videos, the latest being Concert Percussion; A Performer's Guide, in which he is featured along with Anthony Cirone and PAS Hall of Famer Cloyd Duff, also distributed by Warner/Chappell.
During his professional career, Sam performed with many of the world's most renowned conductors on recordings, radio and television, and was seen and heard live in concert throughout the United States, Europe, South America and the Orient. Sam's biographical sketch has appeared for more than a quarter century in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Entertainment.