UK’s James Campbell named to Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame


LEXINGTON, Kentucky (September 21, 2021) Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Kentucky School of Music, James Campbell, has been inducted into the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Hall of Fame. The PAS Hall of Fame Class of 2021 will be recognized at the upcoming Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) scheduled for November 10-13.

The Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame was established in 1972 to recognize the contributions of the most distinguished leaders in the fields of percussion performance, education, research, scholarship, administration, composition and industry. Inductees demonstrate the highest ideals and professional integrity in their profession to bring about significant events, substantial improvements in the world of percussion, and the betterment of the profession through exemplary service or deed. Campbell’s class also includes marimbist, percussionist, singer and songwriter Valerie Naranjo; composer, drummer, author, filmmaker and educator Layne Redmond; and bandleader, composer and educator Garwood Whaley.

“On behalf of the entire PAS community, I would like to congratulate Valerie, Jim, Gar and Layne’s friends, colleagues and family. Our four 2021 Hall of Fame inductees have made significant contributions to our field and I am thrilled to have them inducted into the PAS Hall of Fame this year. I look forward to celebrating their achievements in person at PASIC 2021,” said PAS Executive Director Joshua Simonds.

James Campbell has received worldwide recognition as a performer, pedagogue and author, and is a respected figure in the development of the contemporary percussion ensemble. He has toured extensively in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Distinguished Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies in the UK, he also held the positions of Principal Percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic and Drummer with the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra.

Campbell is also a Past President of PAS and received his PAS Lifetime Achievement in Education Award in 2019, which recognizes the contributions of the most acclaimed leaders in drumming education.

Having worked with several drum and bugle corps members of Drum Corps International (DCI), Campbell is well known for his long association with the internationally renowned Rosemont Cavaliers, with whom he served as lead instructor, arranger and program coordinator. He was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 2008. He served as percussion director for the McDonald’s All-American High School Band and was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame, which recognizes people who have made a significant impact on the national group. musical activity and education.

As a performer, Campbell has performed at the International Society of Music Education World Conference, International Patagonia Percussion Festival, Journèes de la Percussion, PercuSonidos Percussion Festival, Swedish Arts and Musicians Interest Organization, ‘Australian Percussion Eisteddfod, at the MENC National In-Service Conference, Midwest. Band and Orchestra Clinic, MusicFest Canada, All-Japan Band Clinic, The Music for All World Percussion Symposium, State MEA conventions across the country, and frequently appears as an artist at PASIC.

Among his award-winning works for percussion, Campbell has published with Meredith Music, C. Alan Publications, Innovative Percussion, Row-Loff Productions, Bachovich Music Publications, Alfred Publications, and Tapspace Publications. Campbell is an artist and endorser for Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, Meinl Percussion and a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Educator Network. He is an artist and educator for Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company and a performing artist for Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestra Division, which recently presented him with its Legacy Award.

The UK College of Fine Arts School of Music has achieved a national reputation for its high caliber teaching in the fields of opera, choral and instrumental music, as well as music education, music therapy, composition and music theory and history.


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