Music of Charles J. Campbell

One of the primary motivations for the establishment of davidbrubeck.com has been the promotion and dissemination of the works of Charles J. Campbell. I had the pleasure of serving as Dr. Campbell’s teaching assistant at the University of Miami while I was his pupil. In addition to his successes as a teacher and performer, Dr. Campbell was an accomplished composer, and scholar.

I am pleased and privileged to announce that I have been granted the rights to publish most of Dr. Campbell’s works on davidbrubeck.com.

Currently, we are in the process of having them engraved. Soon, I anticipate the availability of many of his outstanding works for trombone, bass trombone, and brass through davidbrubeck.com and miamitrombone.com. First among these will be his seminal work, Thirty Contemporary Etudes for tenor trombone, and his solo works for bass trombone with chamber music accompaniment-(solo bass trombone with string quartet; solo bass trombone with woodwind quintet; and solo bass trombone in the context of a trombone quartet).

We are pleased to offer a sample from Thirty Contemporary Etudes for tenor trombone. Please help yourself of one of these groundbreaking etudes. Future visits to davidbrubeck.com promise to bring more of Dr. Campbell’s music: free samples, recordings, and music for sale.

About Charles J. Campbell

Photo of Charles J. CampbellDr. Charles J. Campbell was born August 8th, 1930 and died on August 31st, 2000.

Campbell earned a B.A. in trombone performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Merritt Dittert and Robert Boyd. Campbell subsequently earned a M.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Music in Composition. His teachers were Ward Lewis and Marcel Dick.  Campbell subsequently attended the University of Miami, Coral Gables, where he earned a Ph. D. in Composition as a student of Clifton Williams and Frederick Fennell.

Early brass literature was a particular area of interest for Campbell, and he pursued research at the Library of Bologne, Italy on the music of Di Pietro Vinci (1567), Adriano Banchieri (1616), and Horotio Vecchi (1586).

Campbell performed regularly with numerous orchestras including the Miami Orchestra, the Florida Grand Opera, The Miami City Ballet, and was a substitute with the Cleveland Orchestra.

He held positions as the Associate Director of the Cleveland Settlement House, Director of the Wilmington Music School, Music Department Chairman at Auburn University, Music Department Chairman at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Professor of Music at the University of Miami, where he taught brass and composition.

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