Dr. Mike Campbell
Adjunct Instructor of Music
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Dr. Michael Campbell joined the faculty of Young Harris College in 2011 directing the Jazz Band, teaching instrumental conducting, music appreciation and applied saxophone. Previous positions include serving as a band director at Mendham High School in New Jersey, Whippany Park High School in New Jersey, Murphy High School in North Carolina and Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Armstrong State College in Savannah. While in Savannah, he was a member of the acclaimed Savannah Jazz Orchestra and an on-call saxophonist with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra. His alto saxophone solo in Pictures at an Exhibition was included in a Georgia PBS broadcast of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra in concert. As a saxophonist he has backed up such artists as Clark Terry, Cab Calloway, the Four Tops, Patty LaBelle and Ed Shaunghessy.
Dr. Campbell has served as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including conducting the Whippany Park High School Wind Ensemble at a MENC (now NAFME) Northeastern Division Conference in Washington, D.C. His was one of seven high school bands from 13 Northeastern states selected to perform.
Dr. Campbell received a Bachelor of Science in music education from Lebanon Valley College, a Master of Arts in conducting from Trenton State College and a Doctor of Arts in conducting and music education from Ball State University. He was a woodwind student of Frank Stachow and studied saxophone with Joseph Allard and Brian Minor.
His awards include the NBA Citation of Excellence and the ASBDA-Stanbury Award for the Northeast for Outstanding Achievement in the Advancement of School Band Programs. Dr. Campbell recently retired as Music Director of Mountain Presbyterian Church in Blairsville. He remains active as a saxophonist, charter member of the Brasstown Big Band and player and advisory board member of the Young Harris College Community Concert Band.