Last updated: July 18. 2013 10:28AM - 359 Views
J.D. CHARLES, Staff Writer



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Richard E. Campbell along with his wife, Kerry Ellen, and three of their five children will be presenting music for the West Logan Missionary Baptist Church at the 11 a.m. service of worship this Sunday, July 22.
Campbell, a 1973 graduate of Logan High School, also received an Associate's Degree from Southern West Virginia Community College before moving on to West Virginia Tech in Montgomery where he received a degree in piano. After teaching public school a few years, he and Kerry Ellen moved to Dallas, Texas, where they both attended graduate school at Southern Methodist University.
Campbell is an Honors Graduate in Choral Conducting while Kerry Ellen received her degree in vocal performance.
The Campbells have lived in Pine Bluff a bit over 10 years where he serves as organist/choirmaster at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He also directs the Pine Bluff Community Children's Choir. Kerry Ellen directs the adult choir and handbells at Pine Bluff's First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Although Campbell still performs professionally, touring Europe as tenor section leader in a semi-professional chorus and as soloist with the Arkansas Bach Chorus, these days his musical energy is devoted to teaching children to have fun with music.
In addition to directing the children's choir, which has made appearances in Branson, Mo., and Dallas, Texas, with the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra and produced their own Christmas TV special, he has also worked with the Pine Bluff Community Band as percussionist and interim director.
With their children, the Campbells perform, in costume, medieval and renaissance period music with SATB recorders, lute and crumhorn. With the older children they appear professionally as RC & the Rentals doing traditional "jazz" and "classic" R&B favorites.
As their children have grown musically and professionally, they began rehearsing and performing "old time" gospel music of the 1930s and 40s singing SATB while accompanying themselves with traditional string band instruments of autoharp, fiddle, harmonica, dobro, string bass and flattop guitar.
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