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. He has also studied composition with award-winning composer Jenni Brandon.
A proponent of new music, Martin is active in commissioning projects for new works for bassoon, working with composers such as Jamie Leigh Sampson, Dylan Findley, Rob McClure, Shao Fern Teo and Brian Bunker. Currently, he is leading a consortium of performers on a new bassoon sonata by Lisa Neher, which will be premiered in early 2023.
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.