Beloved Band Director Takes A Bow

Success often starts at the top, and that appears to be the case for the Greene Central Marching Rams in Snow Hill. In the three years Josh Griffin has led the band, it has doubled in size and earned the title "Grand National Champion" for winning the Outback Bowl Band Festival in the 2007-2008 season. What makes that victory even more amazing is that Greene Central was the smallest marching band there.

"For three years, I've given my life to this band. I eat, sleep and do band," says Griffin.

Griffin does more than teach notes on a page; he teaches his students about life.

"I want them to be better people because of the band. They can look back and say, 'I got this job because of a characteristic I learned in band. I'm gonna be somebody.'"

Griffin gets emotional when he talks about leaving and his final band concert at Greene Central Tuesday. "It's going to be hard, because I love them, and they know I do."

Griffin will be pursuing a masters degree in music education at Morehead State University in Kentucky, but he hopes what he got started at Greene Central marches on.

"I want it to continue to be a great program, even though I'm not here," Griffin says. "Because you know, the band still plays on. The music still goes on."

The concert at Greene Central High School Tuesday begins at 7 p.m. in the music building. Admission is free. The jazz band and concert band will perform more than ten selections.

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  • by K Location: Whiteville, NC on Dec 14, 2011 at 02:36 PM
    Wow Griffin is our band director now :/ hmm ....his old students felt the way we did when our director had 2 leave us I miss and still love Bryant no one can feel his shoes but griff did a good job this marching season even though the odds were against him
  • by unknown on Nov 12, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    everybody up here postin bad things bout griffin but when he was here they was smilin in his face..dnt try to switch it up cus everybody else did..i mean he took us far with the program he made ppl that wont in love with music fall back in love with he did a great job while he was here..if we could do nething to change would b get the band back like it was by having hym again..So Yall Stop Being Some Haters..He Is Beloved..
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      by K on Dec 14, 2011 at 02:39 PM in reply to unknown
      this is the same way we felt when he replaced our director many wanted 2 send him packing the 1st day he's not the greatest but he's ok
  • by bandgurl012 Location: hookerton on Sep 29, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    Man i miss u so much mr griffin.we went to competition on saturday n u was all we thought about.things are going so wrong n all we can do everytime we think about it is cry.if we could go back in time.that would b a great time..we just want u to kno we love you alot.nobody will ever replace u..ur our hero,father& best friend..keep in touch
  • by Notknown Location: NC on May 20, 2009 at 03:14 PM
    How embarrassing. I'm a GC band alumnus and I know that the band has been on top prior to his coming. Sounds like a few things were stretched to me. He's a decent guy, but "beloved"? Nah.
  • by anonymous Location: nc on May 20, 2009 at 05:38 AM
    My daughter was a former student of his from a previous year and I can tell you he is not that beloved. Just because he was able to get the band the title of 'Grand National Champion' doesn't mean he is loved by everyone.
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2009 at 01:48 PM
    Good luck Mr.Griffin! We will miss you!
  • by Sam Location: Willliamston on May 19, 2009 at 11:18 AM
    Good Luck Josh Griffin! I feel like you have a very successful future ahead of you.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on May 19, 2009 at 05:47 AM
    Finally, a good story.

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