Originally from Holland, Michigan, Martin J. Van Klompenberg is a bassoonist with the 282rd Army Band, at Fort Jackson, in Columbia, South Carolina. He has also performed with other military groups such as the 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.
As a solo and chamber performer, Martin has given performances in a wide variety of locales including colleges and universities such as the North Carolina School of the Arts, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, the University of Tennessee, Furman University, Limestone College, and Glendale Community College, as well as community venues such as the Brisco Western Art Museum, the Arizona Senior Academy, and the famed BioSphere II.
A proponent of new music, Martin is active in commissioning projects for new works for bassoon. One of these commissions, “Desert Miniatures: Insects”, by Robert McClure was named a winner of the 2015 Bassoon Chamber Music Competition. Other commissioning projects in which he has participated include the composers John Steinmetz, Bill Douglas, Damian Montano, Alyssa Morris, Daniel Baldwin, and Brian Bunker. In 2018, Martin will premier a new work for bassoon and electronics by Dylan Findley.
In addition to performing, Martin is also an active bassoon instructor. His students have qualified for district, area, regional, and all-state honor bands, as well as performing in groups such as the NAfME All-National Orchestra, Phoenix Youth Symphony, and the Symphony of the Southwest Youth Orchestra/Metropolitan Youth Symphony of Mesa, Arizona.
When not playing bassoon, Martin enjoys spending time with his wife, Abbie, an elementary music teacher, and his two rescue dogs, Ginny and Sirius, and supporting the Chicago Cubs, the 2016 World Series Champions.