Sam Ocampo was born in Peru, South America. During his early teenage years the family (parents and 3 younger siblings) moved to the United States. Sam studied classical music at Stanford University while attending high school in Mountain View, CA and college in Angwin, CA. Sam subsequently graduated from Andrews University with a degree in Music and Chemistry. Later he attended graduate school at The University of Michigan (1 year, dental school) and Andrews University where he obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
Sam has interwoven periods of music (performing at the Lincoln Center’s Avery Hall in New York City, the Crystal Cathedral in Southern California, Capitol Studios Hollywood, Canada, Brazil) with executive roles in healthcare at Lakeland Health, Adventist Health and Sutter Health.
Sam has recorded over a dozen albums as pianist, arranger and producer. A landmark album, FRIENDS IN CONCERT, was recorded live at Johnson Auditorium, Campus Andrews University with legendary musicians Hal Blaine (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and founding member of the Wrecking Crew), Tommy Tedesco (founding member of the Wrecking Crew), Nino Ocampo, Shane Kiester and Brent Rowan. Sam has had the honor to work with some of the world's greatest musicians, including composer-arrangers Patrick Williams, Lee Holdridge and Michael Omartian; recording musicians Peter Erskine, Chuck Berghofer, Abraham Laboriel, Ramón Stagnaro, Randy Waldman, Chris Walden, Alvin Chea of Take 6, Jeff Hamilton, Tom Scott, and others.
In 2002 Sam married Gwen Matthews. Gwen has been a pivotal force to reignite Sam's music output during the past decade and a half. They live in Northern California.