Campbell Phillips is a distinguished drummer and marching percussion specialist from Melbourne, Australia. With an unwavering passion for music and a deep-rooted commitment to education, Campbell has played a pivotal role in shaping and advancing drumline culture in Australia.
One of Campbell’s most notable achievements was becoming the first Australian to march with the legendary Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps during their 2015 Blue Devils International Tour. The Blue Devils are undeniably one of the world’s most successful drumlines with an impressive 20 DCI World Championship titles. This groundbreaking accomplishment not only marked a milestone in Campbell’s career but also showcased the remarkable talent that exists within the Australian drumming community.
In 2019, Campbell had the privilege of performing with the world-renowned Top Secret drum corps from Switzerland. A childhood dream come true, this experience further solidified Campbell’s reputation as a highly respected and sought-after percussionist at the forefront of the Australian Drumline scene.
Throughout his performance career, Campbell has collaborated with a wide range of artists and bands, including performances with What So Not, Chong Lim AM (John Farnham, Kylie Minogue), M-Phazes (Eminem, Madonna, Demi Lavato), the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and more. He has also toured across Australia and New Zealand with Ralph Nader (BYOS).
Beyond his experience as a performer, Campbell’s musical expertise has extended to directing and composing for numerous high-profile events. His contributions have been instrumental in enhancing the atmosphere and musical experience of events such as the 2022 AFL Grand Final, the 2017 Rugby League World Cup opening ceremony, multiple Victorian State School Spectaculars, and notable TV commercials for companies including Ford, OPPO and Aldi. Campbell’s ability to craft captivating musical directions and compositions has made him an invaluable asset in the realm of event production and entertainment.
As an educator, Campbell is the driving force behind the National Drumline Camp – an event that brings together world class educators from all over world to nurture the talents of percussionists from Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, he has successfully established and led several highly acclaimed high school programs, where his mentorship and guidance have shaped the next generation of drummers.
In his role as the Founder and Executive Director of the D²Drumline, Campbell has created both a world class performance ensemble and a thriving community for drummers in Australia. This initiative has not only fostered a sense of camaraderie among percussion enthusiasts but has also provided a platform for aspiring drummers to develop their skills and showcase their talents.
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