Dave Campbell has been active in the pageantry arts since 1984. As a participant, director, instructor, designer and judge he has a wide and varied background providing music and marching education to kids for most of his life.
He received his B.S. in music education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA where he studied with PAS Hall of Fame timpanist Stanley Leonard and Mr. Gerald Unger of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and performed under the baton of Andrew Reamer.
After graduation, Dave began work for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh as an instrumental music teach while also deepening his involvement with the drum and bugle corps activity. He taught and arranged for the 1993 Golden Lancers Drum Corps, and the Steel City Ambassadors Senior Corps from 1990-92. This was in addition to his work with multiple Drum and Baton Corps and over 20 Pittsburgh-based marching bands.
Dave was hired as the percussion arranger and caption head for the General Butler Vagabonds in 1995, and added the role of corps director in 1996. He and his talented staff took the corps to their first ever finalist spot in the Drum Corps International Division III Championship that season, as well as securing the coveted “Disney Spirit Award” for having the most entertaining program in Division III. The 1999 version of the corps won the bronze DCI medal for 3rd place in this division.
In 2001, he accepted an offer to serve as program coordinator for the Pioneer Drum Corps from Milwaukee, WI. He was involved in the development of the corps "Irish In The Civil War" program and the 2002 offering of "Oliver". He departed the drum and bugle corps activity as a teacher in 2003 to be a stay at home parent for his newborn son.
Dave also has a long career as an adjudicator for the pageantry arts beginning with Tournament of Bands. In 1994, he joined the Ohio Judges Association and trained in the general effect caption for indoor color guard, which led to the Winter Guard International Color Guard Academy soon thereafter. He received 2 scholarships for his work in the General Effect Caption which caught the eye of the WGI Percussion coordinator.
Dave was included on the 1997 roster for WGI percussion and served as a visual and general effect music judge until 2004. During his time with WGI, he was assigned to adjudicate the World Championships on three separate occasions. He also judged for Drum Corps International from 2003-05 in the Visual Effect caption, and served as a percussion judge in 2003 and 2004 for Drum Corps Associates (DCA).
Additionally, he has adjudicated for: Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association, Mid East Performance Association, Tri-State Circuit, United States Scholastic Band Association, Indiana State School Music Association, Indiana Percussion Association, Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association and the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges. He has judged local and national championship events in many areas of the country. Assignments with these associations have enabled Dave to gain a wide knowledge base of both local and national competition.
As a designer for competitive marching band, Dave has secured over 15 local PIMBA class championships which include sequential gold medals awarded to 3 of his groups on 3 separate occasions. He has designed for marching bands nationwide and added an indoor percussion group from Canada in 2015.
He also created, designed and directed the indoor percussion group Three Rivers Indoor Percussion (TRIP) in 2011 as a WGI Class A ensemble. During their short time of activity, the ensemble won the WGI Dayton Regional Championship event in 2011 and competed in 4 World Championships. The group was promoted to Open Class for the 2014 and ‘15 seasons before going inactive in 2016.
For the 2016-17 season Dave combined aspects of TRIP into the General Butler Vagabonds organization to form a brand new indoor percussion ensemble called Nomad Indoor. He hopes this group will form the nucleus of young adults needed to rebuild the Vagabonds back into a competitive field corps once again and establish Western Pennsylvania as an area where indoor percussion is flourishing.
Nomad secured its first ever WGI Percussion Independent A Finalist spot in 2018, placing 11th out of 26 groups in the class. The ensemble placed 10th in the 2019 WGI Championship Prelim, advanced to semi-finals in 9th place, and finished in 8th in finals!
He returned to the DCI world in 2017 as the program coordinator and drill designer for Pioneer's Les Miserable program and is 2018's "Celtic Dragons" program.