Student Artist in the Spotlight: Tyler Campbell

Posted: Friday, May 04, 2007

Age: 14.

Grade: 8.

School: Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Art of choice: music and visual art.

How it started: "I chose to learn how to play guitar, and over time, it has developed into bass, piano, harmonica, viola, mandolin and a couple other instruments. ... I got my first guitar on my 10th birthday, and I've been doing some form of music every day since."

Insights: "I guess it encourages success, because for me, success is being able to do what I want to do and being able to put on a good show."

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All in the family: "My brother wanted to learn drums, then bass, and then stopped. He now plays the sax for the band class at school. Tha'ts just about it, but everyone in my family encourages me and supports my choices in music."

Favorite artists: "I mostly listen to stuff from the '70s to the '90s. I can't stand most of the new stuff people listen to nowadays. I like rock, metal, grunge, alternative, very little country, and I can't stand rap. Some of the artists that I listen to are Metallica, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Cake, Tenacious D, Nirvana, The White Stripes and a lot more."

Future plans: "I will continue with music for the rest of my life. Lately I have been writing music and preparing songs for recording. Even if I never become famous of anything like that, I will forever continue my obsession in music. I plan to release an album or two, of originals of course, and I plan on learning the bagpipes and the koto."

Activities: "I'm involved in just about everything. I do sports, namely basketball, wrestling, baseball, soccer, etc. I go camping and hiking a lot, and I am always looking for people for a band."

You should know: "I can destroy just about anybody at just about any Nintendo video game!"

His art teacher, Linda Vallie, says: "Tyler has shown interest and ability in visual arts since he was a young boy. He has made the creation of his art a part of his life both in and outside of school."

His band teacher, Alexa Sorenson, says: "Tyler has a lot of drive. He works hard on many different projects. I have seen him learn to play polka in a night, listen to his favorite songs and write down the correct pitches, and learn how to play jazz. He participates in any musical activity that comes his way. I am impressed with the way he balances all of his artistic endeavors."

• Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To have your student art included, contact your school office.

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