The Director of Bands for Griffin Middle School is Mrs. Leigh Ann McClain.  Mrs. McClain has been teaching instrumental music for 26 years and is in her 11th year at Griffin.  She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Oklahoma State University in 1990 and began her teaching career in Wilburton, Oklahoma.  She spent 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, a beginning band program, and two winter guards.  The band has received UIL Sweepstakes for 24 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 directs both MS Winterguards.  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), and Jackson. 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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The Associate Director of Bands for Griffin Middle School is Mr. David Eakle.  Mr. Eakle has been teaching instrumental music for 24 years and came to GMS in 2008.  He received his Bachelor's of Music Education in 1992 from Oklahoma State University and his Masters of Music Education from the University of Arkansas in 2004.  Mr. Eakle began his teaching career in Stigler, Oklahoma where he served as the Assistant Band Director for 14 years. 

Mr. Eakle directs the GMS Symphonic and Concert Bands and teaches beginning trumpet, trombone, and euphonium.  Under the direction of Mr. Eakle, the Symphonic Band has received the UIL Sweepstakes for Non-Varsity Bands and the Concert Band has began competing at the UIL level.  In addition, both bands have been named Outstanding Bands at DC Festivals.  He resides in The Colony, TX

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