Mary Lee Campbell attended MSU in the late 1960s. But one of her fondest memories of campus happened long before she went to college, and was instilled by her father’s love of the MSU Spartan Marching Band.
Throughout her childhood, Campbell traveled from her home in Midland, Mich., with her mother and father, Agatha and Harper Lee Camp, and brother to attend MSU football games. Arriving in East Lansing, they would eat lunch at the MSU Union cafeteria, watch the MSU band warm up, and follow the band as it marched into Spartan Stadium.
“To this day, I stand by Sparty and watch the band march in whenever I go to a game,” says Campbell. “Doing something for the MSU Spartan Marching Band was the first thing that came to mind when my father passed away. He loved it so.” In early 2014, Campbell, her husband John Campbell, and her brother Dr. Herbert Camp established the Harper L. Camp Scholarship for the Spartan Marching Band.
The scholarship, she says, is a tribute to her late father and his love of music and marching bands. Harper was an avid supporter of MSU, the Spartan Marching Band, and a founding member of the John A. Hannah Society at MSU. He was also an alum of the Spartan Marching Band, having played in the then-military style band before graduating with his degree in chemical engineering in 1939.
The scholarship, explains Campbell, is open to any member of the Spartan Marching Band, with a strong preference for students from Midland County, since her father was a lifelong resident of Midland. The scholarship will be awarded each academic year, and can be renewed based on need. Spartan Marching Band member and criminal justice major Stephanie Ann Janowiak from Tawas, Mich., is the first recipient of the new scholarship.
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