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DeCamp, Carroll (Milton)

DeCamp, Carroll (Milton), composer, pianist (also guitarist); b. Indianapolis, IN, 25 November 1922. His parents were Russell B. DeCamp (1900-1969) and Doris Mildred DeCamp (nee Carver) (1903-1996); His siblings are Curtis (Carver) DeCamp (b. 1925), Richard (Russell) DeCamp (b. 1928), Doris (Ann) DeCamp (1930-1933), Joyce (Lee) Campbell (b. 1932), Malcolm (Ray) DeCamp (b. 1935) and Dianne (NMI) Smith (b.  1942). Carroll is a married twice, happily divorced octogenarian.

After moving to DeKalb, Illinois, he started 1st grade at age 5. During recess, he went to a piano and played back a melody the teacher had played earlier. He mainly grew up in small towns in Southern Indiana. He is self-taught as pianist and arranger.  He was drafted into WW II, spending 3 1/2 years service, mostly in South Pacific. He arranged and played piano/guitar with Army bands including USO Shows of Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Randolph Scott, et al.

Moved to Indianapolis 1946 and got a BM degree in Music Composition from Jordan College of Music. He played and arranged for nightclub acts and bands, had own trio on TV show, played with jazz groups including Wes Montgomery's and Al Kiger's, composed, arranged, and played the Bob Hope Show for Clowes Hall opening and played with orchestra at Starlight Musicals for traveling Broadway Shows.

Wrote two articles for Child Life magazine on guitar and mandolin (1964). He has composed and/or arranged over 135 published works (member of BMI). He played 10 years with Henry Mancini's touring orchestra, including Andy Williams, The Osmonds, Peter Nero, et al, (1965-75.).
He received NEA grant to write jazz concert for The Blue Wisp Big Band (1979). Arranged for jazz albums including "Butterfly And The Smooth One"  (1992) for The Blue Wisp Big Band; "Carmichael Sings Carmichael" (1992) for Hoagy's son Randy; he also arranged and conducted "Royce Campbell with Strings"  (1999) for his jazz guitarist nephew.

He is still active as a freelance composer, arranger, pianist.

Contact information:
Address:  1275 E. Private Rd., 350 N.
North Vernon, IN 47265-6369 U.S.A.
Phone: (812) 346-4056

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