Thomas Stubbs

Instrumental Focus

  • percussion

Programs Taught

  • Artist-Faculty Emeritus

Faculty Details

  • Half Session 2 Only

Thomas Stubbs is currently cymbal specialist and assistant timpanist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, which he joined in 1970. He has been an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 1989 and is a member of the percussion faculty at St. Louis University. He is also extensively involved as a clinician for the Zildjian Cymbal Company. Mr. Stubbs graduated in 1970 from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Saul Goodman and was a private student of Buster Bailey. He also studied with Morris Goldenberg at the National Orchestral Association and with George Gaber, Roland Kohloff, Gary Weidersheim, and Rick Holmes in Aspen. He served as principal timpanist during the St. Louis Symphony's 1985 tour and with the orchestra he has recorded extensively for the RCA, Angel/EMI, Telarc, Nonesuch, and Vox labels. He is featured on the premiere recording of Michael Colgrass's Deja vu, a concerto for percussion quartet and orchestra. Several of his former students are now playing professionally with orchestras in Johannesburg and Barcelona; the Florida Philharmonic; the San Francisco, National, Seattle, New Jersey, North Carolina, Detroit, New World, and Birmingham symphonies; and the Army and Marine bands in Washington, D.C.

Click the link below for Tom Stubbs’s instructional videos on Cymbal Technique.