Ford Campbell graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in bassoon performance. During a year at Oxford University he played chamber and orchestral music and performed on period bassoons in recitals at the Baines Collection of Old Instruments. Ford studied bassoon at the University of Southern California, then spent a year performing in Kingston, Jamaica, with Amabile Chamber Players. He has been principal bassoonist in the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra since 1986 and has performed with Kenwood Chamber Orchestra and Bill Fegan Productions Touring Company. Ford is a fourth grade teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools.