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Thomas Stubbs graduated from Juilliard in 1970 and subsequently joined the St. Louis Symphony, where he is currently the Associate Principal Timpani/percussionist (cymbal specialist). He teaches at St. Louis University and, since 1989, at the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has also taught at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of Missouri-Columbia, and University of Indiana-Bloomington. He is also a clinician for the Zildjian Cymbal Company.

At Juilliard Stubbs was a student of Saul Goodman and a private student of Buster Bailey. Additional studies were with Morris Goldenberg at the National Orchestral Association and George Gaber, Roland Kohloff, Gary Weidersheim, and Rick Holmes at the Aspen Music Festival.

Thomas Stubbs continues this teaching legacy, with many of his former students now playing professionally around the world, including in the San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, and both the Army Band and the Marine Band in Washington D.C.