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 101st Airborne Division “Air Assault” Band out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He previously performed with 323rd Army Band “Fort Sam’s Own,” at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the 282nd Army Band at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, 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. In 2021, he will premiere “As You Speak” for alto flute and bassoon by Malaysian composer, Shao Fern Teo, along with flutist Danielle Breisach.
When not playing bassoon, Martin enjoys spending time with his wife, Abbie, an elementary music teacher, and his two rescue dogs, Sirius and Luna, and supporting the Chicago Cubs.