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In Harmony with community

The concept of giving is something with which Bryan Campbell is very much in tune. When the 17-year-old musically inclined MArshfield resident was called upon to play "Amazing Grace" on his Bagpipes at a candle light vigil following the Sept. 11 tragedies, Campbell never once hesitated.

In fact the Marshfield high-school student spends a good deal of his time finding ways to give back to his community. And he does all of it without any accolades or praise.

"It's not just about helping the community for me," Campbell said. "It's about helping people individually."

Campbell is a young man of many talents, and he uses those skills to help with his community outreach. Shortly after the terrorist attacks on the country, a vigil at the high school football field was planned drawing more than 5,000 people.

Campbell said it was chance and timing that gave him the opportunityto perform for the event. Originally, one of his music teachers was looking for a choir to sing "Amazing Grace" at the vigil. But she could not find the time to put it together. Campbell jumped at the chance to play at the event.

"Why not help out with that kind of thing?," Campbell said. "I had played in public before, so I had a little experience." Campbell said he will continue to help people in  that manner whenever someone needs it.

And Campbell's talents and skills go beyond bagpipes. Another task he takes on is helping teach karate classes at Whidden's School of Fitness in Marshfield. Campbell has already earned his black belt, and has been a student at Whidden's for about three years.

"The kids classes I have here grew quickly," said the school's owner Roger Whidden. "I found out pretty fast that I couldn't handle all the kids myself." Whidden then turned to Campbell and asked him if he would help teach the kids' karate classes. Again, Campbell stepped up to the plate.

Whidden said one of the most remarkable things about Campbell is that he listens and catches on quickly to whatever the job may be. He said that when Campbell came to his door a few years ago, he had already been to a number of karate schools. But Whidden insisted Campbell and the rest of his students start all over from scratch in learning his techniques.

"For me, it's so rare for me to have a student who can come from another karate school and start all over," Whidden said, "It shows a lot of character."

In addition to giving through music and teaching, Campbell also had a big hand in implementing and producing the local cable TV show called Mr. Roger and Neighbors, a program which illustrates the principles of subjects like karate, massage and acupuncture. The show has a comedic element involved in it, something Campbell is good at generating.

Campbell stays involved with the show by monitoring the sound boards and taking care of other technical aspects that need to be done in producing the program.

"i don't mind putting in the time," Campbell said of his community service activities. "I'm learning a lot, and developing skills. I don't think the question is 'Why do I help?' it's more like 'Why Not?' I have the time, and I don't want to sit around and do nothing. I enjoy bettering my relationships with people."

While he continues to help in his community, Campbell is looking ahead to life beyond high school. Campbell said if he goes to a college, he will think about being a philosophy and theology major. But he is not sure of his schedule yet.

"I just can't see myself at a desk," he said "I need to do something physical. In my mind, there's only two things people need in life-food and shelter. If I can master those two things, I've got it made."

Tara Law, Campbell's mother, said she is very pleased with her son in accomplishing his goals and helping the community. She said when he was playing bagpipes at the vigil, it was a very proud moment for her.

"It was the enormity of the significance of the event as well as (Campbell's) maturity that struck me at the candlelight vigil. He really is very independant. The amazing thing is that he doesn't do all things to impress any one. He just is who he is."

"People like (Campbell) rarely get any exposure because they do what they do so quietly," Whidden added. "He never looks for any glory."

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