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Chuck Campbell

Route 66 Revelers

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Route 66 Revelers

Chuck Campbell: Musician/Syntactician in New Mexico

Chuck Campbell, who currently lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, has played tuba, trombone, and/or euphonium with many different kinds of groups, mostly in the Albuquerque area, over the past 35 years. His current main bands are the Route 66 Revelers, an 8-piece traditional jazz band (Albuquerque), the Mesilla Valley Concert Band (tuba), the Mesilla Valley Swing Band (bass trombone), and the New Horizons Band (Las Cruces--euphonium).

Before moving to Las Cruces, he played tuba with the High Desert Brass, a quintet with a varied repertoire. For more than 30 years he has played tuba, euphonium, and trombone with Die Polka-schlingel, a group popular for Oktoberfests all over New Mexico and in adjacent states. Other groups with which he has played in concerts, parades, or dances include the Albuquerque Concert Band, Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shrine Concert Band, the Symphony Orchestra of Albuquerque, the Rio Rancho Community Band, and the Nobles of Note. Because he is half of the people in Albuquerque who play trad jazz tuba, Chuck has also played ocasionally with the Howling Dog Jazz Band, Bill Biffle's Duke City jazz Band. Charlie Eberle's ABQ Jazz Band, and Jazz a la Carte.

Chuck has been president and treasurer/webflunky of the Rio Grande Jazz Society. Jazz Society meetings take usually place on the third Sunday of every month at 4821 Menaul Blvd. NE in Albuquerque. The usual format is a featured band followed by four jam sets--two swing, two dixie. Local and visiting musicians are encouraged to come jam; jazz lovers lovers are encouraged to come listen and dance.

Chuck has attended trad jazz workshops in San Diego on tuba with Clint Baker of the Yerba Buena Stompers and on trombone with Howard Miyata of the High Sierra Jazz Band, and at the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp with Matt Perrine and Jeffery Hills . Many years ago he studied trombone privately with Hugh McMillen, formerly director of bands at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and more recently with Debra Taylor, principal trombonist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

See Chuck's arsenal of instruments--a history of horns that have come and gone, but not up to date as of November 2015. Last update: 20 November 2015, cpc