Thomas Martin Wubbenhorst is an Adjunct Professor of Music at The University of Maine where he conducts the University Percussion Ensemble, and teaches Percussion Methods, Advanced Instrumental Conducting, and Fundamentals of Music; in addition, he is on the Adjunct Humanities faculty at Husson University. Previously, he was a tenured Associate Professor of Music at Georgia State University where he was the chair of orchestral studies, director of university bands, and coordinator of instrumental conducting studies.
Dr. Wubbenhorst is known in the United States, Canada, and South Africa as a conductor, composer, clinician, and percussion educator. He is recognized for his scholarship on the wind-band music of David Maslanka, and for his research on the psychological and personality characteristics of music educators and performers that is published in the United States and Great Britain. He has been cited in some eighty-five published books, articles, and dissertations worldwide.
Upon graduation from the University of Bridgeport (B.S. in music education), Yale University (Master of Music in percussion and composition), and the University of Missouri (PhD in curriculum and instruction with emphases in music education, conducting, and psychology), Dr. Wubbenhorst has taught for over forty years at universities in Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah, and Wisconsin. He moved to Maine in May of 2000, and lives in Orland with his sons Hayden and Connor.
Passacaglia Variations by Thomas M. Wubbenhorst is a four mallet solo scored for 4.6 octave (low E) marimba. This interesting piece works as a four mallet study or a standalone concert work. The piece begins with a simple statement of the passacaglia theme in octaves and builds in rhythmic and harmonic complexity. The theme develops into a four...