WMMR’s coolest teacher loves rocking with his band

By Ally Hartwyk '15

Tim Campbell gets on stage with his two other friends. Sweat coming down his face and adrenaline is pumping through his body. Tim Campbell is a teacher at West Deptford High School, but that’s not the only thing he does; he performs in front of an audience with his band, The Dying Sun. It might seem like a very busy job, but Campbell said he loves being a musician and a teacher. He said that “It keeps him young.”

Not only does he teach and perform, but he also coaches cross country, track, and he was voted the coolest teacher by WMMR last year. “Being voted as the coolest teacher was great because I actually got to go on the radio station and talk to them,” said Campbell.

It may seem like doing all these extra activities is a lot of work, but Campbell says that teaching actually takes up most of his time. “Being on a band has affected him greatly. There were certain periods when I wasn’t in a band, and it wasn’t as enjoyable as it is now,” says Campbell. He also has time to hike and camp a lot with his family.

His band does a lot of tours as well. They recently just had one last summer in the north east in Boston, Providence, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. “I never get nervous,” says Campbell. “I’ve been doing this for 20 years, and I’m more comfortable on stage than I am in person.” His band is also on the radio stations 104.5 and 88.5. Their music is also available on ITunes.

“Being on a band is great,” states Campbell “I’ve known these guys my whole life. The drummer I’ve known since I was in preschool. There’s three of us.” In the band Campbell plays the guitar, piano, lap-steel, mandolin, and he also does back-up singing.

“Being on a band affects me in many ways. It keeps me young, and I have a sense of discovery, and that’s important for a teacher like me to have.” Not only does being in a band affect him, but his wife and two children support him greatly. His wife is in theater, so there is a great deal of similarity.

“Being in a band continues to make me feel alive and energetic. I love being a musician and a teacher. Without a band, I don’t know where I would be today,” says Campbell.