The 2019 Collegiate All-Star Percussion Ensemble will bring a group of talented international musicians together to perform quality percussion ensemble literature.  The hope is a greater involvement of international chapters and increased collegiate participation.

All-Star Percussion Ensemble
James Campbell, Artistic Director

About James Campbell

James Campbell has received worldwide recognition as a performer, pedagogue and author, and is a respected figure in the development of the contemporary percussion ensemble. He has toured extensively throughout The Americas, Europe, and Asia. Currently Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Kentucky in
Lexington, he also holds the positions of Principal Percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic, drummer with the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society.

Having worked with several DCI member drum and bugle corps, Jim is well known for his long past association with the internationally renowned Rosemont Cavaliers, with whom he served as principal instructor, arranger, and Program Coordinator. He was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 2008. He served as Percussion Director for the McDonald’s All-American High School Band and was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have greatly impacted the nation’s band activity and music education.

As a performer, Jim has appeared at the International Society of Music Education World Conference, International Patagonia Percussion Festival, Journèes de la Percussion, PercuSonidos Percussion Festival, Swedish Arts and Musicians Interest Organization, Australian Percussion Eisteddfod, MENC National In-Service Conference, Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, MusicFest Canada, All-Japan Band Clinic, The Music for All World Percussion Symposium, State MEA conventions across the country, and frequently appears as an artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC).

Among his award-winning works for percussion, Jim has published with Meredith Music, C. Alan Publications, Innovative Percussion, Row-Loff Productions, Bachovich Music Publications, Alfred Publications., and Tapspace Publications. Jim is an artist and endorsee for Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, Meinl Percussion, and a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Educator Network. He is an Artist and Educator for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company and a Performing Artist for Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestra Division, who recently presented him with their Legacy Award.

Sign Up Process

Each applicant will submit 15 minutes of music along with a letter of recommendation from their university director by May 15, 2019. All pieces/movements must be performed in their entirety. The auditions will be evaluated by 5 representatives. Twelve to twenty students will be selected depending on quality and quantity of auditions.


  1. Applicants must be in their undergraduate studies in the Fall of 2019 or in-coming freshman
    who will begin their undergraduate studies Fall 2019.
  2. Applicants must be 18-22 years of age at the time of entry (May 15, 2019).
  3. All applicants must be active PAS Members at the VIP Level or higher.
  4. Members selected to participate in the ensemble will receive a PASIC Artist badge for the 2019 convention.
  5. Members selected to participate will be responsible for their own travel, lodging, and food for participation.

    All performers must be available to be in Indianapolis from Wednesday November 13 – Saturday, November 16.



Pre-PASIC process:

Applicants will be notified by June 15, 2019 of their involvement. The invited performers will be expected to learn music sent to them, and make appropriate travel arrangements to PASIC.

PASIC process:

Once at PASIC, students will rehearse the music as an ensemble. A time will be scheduled for rehearsals prior to performance day. On performance day, the traditional set-up and tear down times will occur (one hour prior and one hour following).