The Director of Bands for Griffin Middle School is Mrs. Leigh Ann McClain. Mrs. McClain has been teaching instrumental music for 28 years and is in her 13th year at Griffin. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Oklahoma State University in 1990 and will complete her Masters of Music Education from Kent State University in December of 2018. She began her teaching career in Wilburton, Oklahoma as the Assistant Director of Bands and served twelve years as the Assistant Band Director/Guard Instructor for Tahlequah Public Schools in Tahlequah, Ok. before accepting the position at Griffin in 2006.
Under the director of Mrs. McClain the band program has grown to an enrollment of 350 students including three UIL competing bands and the beginning band program. The band has received UIL Sweepstakes for 25 years and been named Best in Class and Overall Outstanding Band in several competitions. The Griffin MS Wind Ensemble will be performing at the 2014 MUSIC FOR ALL Middle School National Festival as a Featured Band.
Mrs. McClain directs the GMS Wind Ensemble, teaches all beginning woodwind classes, and assists with the Symphonic Band. She is married to her husband Kevin and enjoys being "Mom" to her three children, Harrison (trumpet , TCHS '15 , trumpet Texas A&M ), Madison (flute, TCHS '18, Oklahoma State Cheer), and Jackson (Griffin percussion- Class of 19').