Gathering intel for an obituary of Roy Campbell, Jr., I exchanged emails with Dave Douglas. His comments didn’t make it into the obit, but I wanted to air them out here:
One of the great things about playing with Roy was that, ferocious trumpeter that he was—and he was fierce on several instruments—he was never cut-throat or competitive. Roy was always focused on the music. He brought that same spirit of community to the Festival of New Trumpet Music, always looking to reach across the aisle and help fellow trumpeters and musicians. Roy was a real supporter of the community—I met him when we were both playing in the street in 1984, he came right up and introduced himself. We will all miss him dearly.
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