A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Michael Griffith is currently the Visiting Director
of Bands and Visiting Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga,
where he directs the Marching Mocs and Pep Band, conducts the wind ensemble, and teaches
courses in music education, music theory, and instrumental conducting. Prior to taking
the position at UTC, he taught instrumental music in the public schools in Tennessee
for seven years.
Mr. Griffith holds the Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from The Florida State University College of Music, where he studied conducting with Richard Clary. As a graduate teaching assistant at FSU, he taught courses in instrumental music education and served as assistant conductor for the wind orchestra, symphonic band, and concert band. Mr. Griffith also conducted new works with the Florida State University New Music Ensemble, and assisted with the instruction and administration of the world famous Florida State University Marching Chiefs.
Mr. Griffith holds an undergraduate degree in music education and trumpet performance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he studied trumpet performance with Richard Steffen and conducting with Dr. Gregory Wolynec. In Clarksville, he taught music theory for the Community School of the Arts and served as principal music librarian for the APSU bands.
Mr. Griffith is a proud supporter of the Chattanooga Football Club.