Tommy Dobbs is Visiting Instructor of Music – Percussion at UAFS, and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Percussion Performance at Florida State University. He holds a master’s degree in Percussion Performance from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Florida. His teachers included Dr. John W. Parks IV, Danny Gottlieb, Charlotte Mabrey, and Kevin Garry of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
An active performer and educator, Dobbs has performed recitals and given master classes at universities and secondary schools throughout the southeastern United States. He served as Acting Principal Percussionist for the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (Florida), and Principal Timpanist for Sinfonia Gulf Coast (Destin, Fla.) in 2013, and won the prestigious EMF Percussion Internship with The Eastern Music Festival, where he performed as Section Percussionist in the 2014 EMF Festival Orchestra under Gerard Schwarz.
He recently performed in Carnegie Hall as a member of What Is Noise, a cutting-edge new music ensemble dedicated to music of living American composers. Previously, in 2008, he performed in Carnegie Hall with the University of North Florida's Wind Ensemble.
Dobbs was a member of the Florida State University Percussion Ensemble in 2011, when the group won the Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition, and he can be heard on the ensemble's most recent recording, Volume Two: Not Far From Here. Other recording credits include Omar Carmenates’ critically acclaimed The Gaia Theory on New Zealand's Rattle Records. He has premiered works by Per Andreasson, Adam Silverman, and John Psathas.
For more information and upcoming events, you can visit Dobbs' website (below).
Visiting Instructor of Music – Percussion
Breedlove Building, room 107
Florida State University
Doctoral Candidate, Percussion Performance