Camp Kirkland is a graduate of Florida State University where he received
the degrees of Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education.
During his career as a music educator he taught at the junior high, high
school and collegiate levels. His teaching experience included band,
both marching and concert, symphonic orchestra, jazz band, music theory
and applied low brass.
Mr. Kirkland’s principal instruments are euphonium and trombone.
He is an outstanding instrumentalist and has performed with such diverse
groups as the Jacksonville Symphony, the River City Brass Band, as well
as numerous touring bands and orchestras. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha
and Kappa Kappa Psi music fraternities.
Over the past five decades, Camp Kirkland has emerged as one of the premier
Church musicians in the nation. He is recognized as the pioneer in establishing
instrumental music as a viable medium in the life of the church music program.
In 1971, he began the instrumental music program at First Baptist Church
of Jacksonville, Florida. In 1976 he joined the staff full time as Instrumental
Director, the first position of its kind in the nation. During his tenure
the program flourished to include four graded orchestras and a number of
small ensembles involving over 200 instrumentalists. He also created the
church’s acclaimed School of Music which assists over 100 students
each semester in the study of a variety of orchestral instruments, voice
and piano. This program is still a model of excellence in music and effectiveness
in ministry. Many of the great church orchestras around the country are
led by students and associates of Mr. Kirkland.
In addition to being a highly skilled and recognized educator, clinician
and spokesman, Camp Kirkland has enjoyed a brilliant career as an arranger
and orchestrator. He has over a thousand publications in his catalog and
is an important contributor to the leading publishers of church music today.
He has the reputation of being a consummate professional both in the creative
process, in the recording studio, and in working with church music programs
around the country. Camp’s love for Christ is evident in every phase
of his art. Church musicians around the world have been blessed not only
by his music but by his testimony to the faithfulness of God.
All of these great accomplishments, and well-deserved honors, in education,
musical performance and church ministry have culminated in Camp Kirkland
committing a significant portion of his time and skill to taking the message
of the Gospel beyond our national boundaries. He has taken choirs, orchestras
and jazz bands on mission projects around the world, sharing the universal
joy of music, combined with the eternal Truth of Christ. God has opened
this door through Global Missions Project, a non-profit designed to take
Christian musicians on missions. Camp has served as the Music Director
for GMP since its inception. Since its beginning in 2003, GMP has taken
over 8,000 musicians on mission projects where God has tremendously blessed
through evangelism and encouragement to the body of Christ.
Camp Kirkland continues his dynamic music ministry, assisted by his wife
Fran, through Camp Kirkland Productions, located in Nashville, Tennessee.