Originally from Holland, Michigan, Martin J. Van Klompenberg has been a bassoonist with the United States Army Bands since 2013. Currently, he performs with the 282nd Army Band, and its resident wind quintet, the Dozier Winds, based at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. He previously performed with 323rd Army Band “Fort Sam’s Own” and the United States Air Force Band of the West. Prior to joining the ranks of military musicians, he attended the University of Arizona, where he obtained the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree, studying with William Dietz. He also earned degrees from Arizona State University and Western Michigan University, studying with Albie Micklich and Wendy Rose, respectively.
A proponent of new music, Martin is active in commissioning projects for new works for bassoon, working with composers such as John Steinmetz, Bill Douglas, Damian Montano, Alyssa Morris, Jamie Leigh Sampson, Dylan Findley, Rob McClure, Daniel Baldwin, and Brian Bunker.
When not playing bassoon, Martin enjoys spending time with his wife, Abbie, an elementary music teacher, and his rescue dogs, Sirius and Luna, and supporting the Chicago Cubs, the 2016 World Series Champions.