Percussion Concert Slated for March 16

Tommy DobbsTommy Dobbs, visiting instructor of music percussion at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, will perform a percussion concert titled “Marimba Plus” at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown, located at 101 N. 2nd St.


The performance, which is free and open to the public, will feature UAFS faculty members from the Music and Theatre Department, including Dr. Christopher Barrick, Dr. Alexandra Zacharella, Dr. Andrew DeBoer and Ginny Hudson, in addition to UAFS student Matthew Oliver. 


Dobbs will perform pieces from composers David Maslanka, Jamie Whitmarsh, Ivan Trevino, William Funk and Kevork Andonian. The musical numbers will feature the marimba paired with various instruments, including the saxophone, clarinet and flute.


Dobbs is currently the co-principal percussionist for the Fort Smith Symphony, and has previously served as the acting principal percussionist for the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.


He is pursuing his doctoral degree in percussion performance at Florida State University, where he also earned his master’s degree in percussion. He recently performed in Carnegie Hall as a member of “What Is Noise,” a new music ensemble dedicated to honoring music of living American composers.


For more information, contact Dobbs at 479-788-7530 or


Article by John Post, Director of Public Information
Date Posted: 
Friday, February 27, 2015
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