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December, 16, 2021
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM


W 176


Help for the Horns!

Clinic Synopsis:

This purpose of this clinic is to provide teachers with insight, tips, and quick-fixes in navigating the challenges of the horn – both in ensemble and individual instruction. Live-playing demonstrations will be given by the clinician to demonstrate pedagogical solutions to several of the most common challenges faced by young horn players. Recorded video clips of the clinician’s ensemble and horn students will be used to demonstrate solutions and horn pedagogy in realistic teaching scenarios.

Keith Griffis - Biographical Information

Keith Griffis is the Director of Bands at Walter L. Sickles High School in Tampa, FL where he directs all band activities including Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensembles, and the “Marching Wall of Sound.” Bands under Mr. Griffis’ direction consistently earn superior ratings in concert, marching, and jazz assessment and have earned the Florida Bandmasters Association’s “Otto J. Kraushaar” award for straight-superior ratings at both the district and state level. Enrollment in the Sickles Band program has more than doubled during Mr. Griffis’ tenure, becoming one of the largest programs in the greater Tampa Bay area. Mr. Griffis holds a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida, and is a graduate Cum Laude from Florida State University with Bachelor degrees in Music Education and Music Performance, where he served as the Head Drum Major of the FSU Marching Chiefs. Mr. Griffis frequently serves as a clinician and performs professionally as a horn player. Most recently Mr. Griffis served as the principal horn of the Florida Wind Band, and has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and as a featured soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Griffis has been recognized as the Sickles High School “Teacher of the Year” and the Hillsborough County Parent-Teacher Association “Instructional Person of the Year.” Mr. Griffis serves the Florida Bandmasters Association as coordinator of the All-State Concert Band, and has served as District Chair.