Jim Campbell has received worldwide recognition as a performer, teacher, arranger, and author and is a respected figure in the development of the contemporary percussion ensemble. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Sweden, Japan and Singapore. Currently, Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Kentucky, he also holds the position of Principal Percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic and serves as President of the Percussive Arts Society.
Jim received both his B.M. in Music Education and M.M. in Percussion Pedagogy and Performance from Northern Illinois University where he studied with G. Allan O’Connor and members of the famed Blackearth Percussion Group. He also was a student of the late James Lane of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Well known for his long association with the internationally renowned Rosemont Cavaliers Drum and Bulge Corps, Jim 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, MENC National In-Service Conference, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Texas Bandmasters Association, Bands of America World Percussion Symposium, and at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions.
Jim is an endorsee for Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, and is a member of the Latin Percussion Educational Advisory Board. He is a clinician for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company and a Performing Artist for Yamaha Corporation of America.