James Campbell’s history with Music for All spans more than three decades, as an adjudicator, clinician and evaluator. He has previously served as the Bands of America Chief Judge and as percussion coordinator at the Music for All Summer Symposium, developing and naming the student National Percussion Symposium division and creating the Drum Instructor Academy (now the Percussion Specialist Academy), which provides training and professional development for percussion educators.
Currently Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Mr. Campbell also holds the positions of Principal Percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic. A Yamaha Performing Artist, he has received worldwide recognition as a performer, teacher, composer, author and is a respected figure in the development of the contemporary percussion ensemble. He has toured extensively throughout North and Central America, Europe and Asia. Mr. Campbell also holds the positions of drummer with the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra and is Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society.
Well known for his long association with the internationally renowned Rosemont Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Mr. Campbell has served as their principal instructor, arranger and Program Coordinator. He was Percussion Director for the McDonald’s All-American High School Band and has performed at the International Society of Music Education World Conference, Journal’s de la Percussion, MENC National In-Service Conference, Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, MusicFest Canada, All- Japan Band Clinic, Texas Bandmasters Association, Bands of America Percussion Symposium and at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions.