Peter J. Griffin is music department chair and professor of music at Elmhurst College. A member of the conducting faculty, he is also responsible for all areas of the music department. Prior to joining the faculty at Elmhurst College, he was Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was Director of Athletic Bands and conducted concert bands, the British Brass Band and the Marching Illini. In addition, he taught conducting and marching band procedures and was the coordinator of marching and concert band festivals at the campus. Before joining the faculty at UIUC, he was the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked with athletic bands, conducted one of its concert bands and taught in the School of Music. At his early teaching positions in Fowler and Colorado Springs, Colorado, Griffin taught beginning band through high school concert band, as well as jazz band, orchestra, vocal music and general music.
Griffin is very active as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator across the state of Illinois and throughout the United States. He has presented clinics on conducting and music education at the Illinois Music Educators Association state convention, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Music Educators National Conference, the College Band Directors National Association convention, and the Association of Concert Bands national convention. He served as the head clinician and co-director of the Smith-Walbridge Drum Major Clinics and the University of New Hampshire Marching Band Clinic, and was twice co-producer/director of the pre-game and halftime shows at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Illinois, he directed the Marching Illini in performances across the country and at the Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Additional international tours included performances in Tokyo, Japan, and throughout England and Ireland. As a historical researcher, Griffin has given many concerts centered on historical events or time periods, including Civil War music on period instruments, and 4th of July concerts with the Concert Band of Central Illinois, a group he founded and directed.
A native of Chicago, Griffin received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Illinois Music Education Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha (honorary membership), and Sigma Alpha Iota (Friend of the Arts).