Gordon Campbell

In 1984 Gordon was appointed Lead Trombone in the BBC Big Band and has worked with many great musicians and artists during his tenure including Ray Charles, Dr John, Billy May, Les Brown, Ray Anthony, Bob Florence, Bob Brookmeyer, Bobby Shew and Bill Watrous. 

In 1981 Gordon had the honour of backing the great Ella Fitzgerald when he was a member of the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra. 

In 1986 while playing with Sarah Vaughan and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Farnon at the Glasgow Jazz Festival Gordon played a Trombone solo which was heard by the great jazz artist Benny Carter. Benny loved Gordonʼs playing and wrote a piece of music especially for him called “DN” which was played in the concert on the following evening by Gordon and an all star Scottish Big Band. 

His work in recent years has ranged from recordings and concerts with Tony Bennett, Seth McFarlane, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Barbara Cook, Patti Austin and Bob Hope, to West End Shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Crazy For You , South Pacific, Sinatra, Oliver and Betty Blue Eyes 

Gordonʼs unique sound has been in great demand over the years in the orchestras of Robert Farnon and John Wilson and the Big Bands of Laurie Johnson, Laurie Holloway, Kenny Wheeler and Alan Ganley. 

In February 2014 Gordon had held the Lead Trombone chair of the BBC Big Band for 30 years. 

Gordon is currently Professor of Trombone for HM Royal Marines Band Service and Professor of Trombone at the Royal Academy of Music in London. 

Title Track Length Description Composers Controls
Balloon Animals 0:55

Comic trombone slides and silly walking banjo rhythm. A clown with a sad face making balloon animals at a kids party, with some of the balloons flying away.

Gordon Campbell, Paul Honey
Another Fine Mess 1:03

Pub piano with humourous trombone and tuba oompahs. Music for a silent movie funny walk, or a bit of silliness from some comedy clowns.

Gordon Campbell, Paul Honey
Clowning Around 1:24

Comedy trombone slides in a fast moving skittish  fun track. Clowns camping it up with their madcap antics and pratfalls.

Gordon Campbell, Paul Honey
A Couple Of Swells 1:04

Bright and breezy trombone melody and pub sing along backing. Carefree British toffs out for a stroll without a thought in their heads, as usual.

Gordon Campbell, Paul Honey
Balloon Animals 30 0:30

Comic trombone slides and silly walking banjo rhythm. A clown with a sad face making balloon animals at a kids party, with some of the balloons flying away.

Gordon Campbell, Paul Honey
Another Fine Mess 30 0:30

Pub piano with humourous trombone and tuba oompahs. Music for a silent movie funny walk, or a bit of silliness from some comedy clowns.

Gordon Campbell, Paul Honey
Clowning Around 30 0:30

Comedy trombone slides in a fast moving skittish  fun track. Clowns camping it up with their madcap antics and pratfalls.

Gordon Campbell, Paul Honey
A Couple Of Swells 30 0:30

Bright and breezy trombone melody and pub sing along backing. Carefree British toffs out for a stroll without a thought in their heads, as usual.

Gordon Campbell, Paul Honey
Balloon Animals sting 0:06

Comic trombone slides and silly walking banjo rhythm. A clown with a sad face making balloon animals at a kids party, with some of the balloons flying away.

Gordon Campbell, Paul Honey
Another Fine Mess sting 1 0:06

Pub piano with humourous trombone and tuba oompahs. Music for a silent movie funny walk, or a bit of silliness from some comedy clowns.

Gordon Campbell, Paul Honey
Another Fine Mess sting 2 0:02

Pub piano with humourous trombone and tuba oompahs. Music for a silent movie funny walk, or a bit of silliness from some comedy clowns.

Gordon Campbell, Paul Honey
Clowning Around sting 0:04

Comedy trombone slides in a fast moving skittish  fun track. Clowns camping it up with their madcap antics and pratfalls.

Gordon Campbell, Paul Honey
A Couple Of Swells sting 1 0:08

Bright and breezy trombone melody and pub sing along backing. Carefree British toffs out for a stroll without a thought in their heads, as usual.

Gordon Campbell, Paul Honey
A Couple Of Swells sting 2 0:04

Bright and breezy trombone melody and pub sing along backing. Carefree British toffs out for a stroll without a thought in their heads, as usual.

Gordon Campbell, Paul Honey