Chris Grifa has been teaching since 2004 and is in his ninth-year teaching in the Carmel school system in Indiana. He is currently the director of Bands at Clay Middle School and was previously at Creekside Middle School.
The Creekside Wind Symphony was honored to perform a concert at the 2013 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, as well as serving as the rehearsal lab band for Ms. Linda Gammon. The Creekside Wind Symphony also performed at the 2013 Indiana Music Education Association Conference. Mr. Grifa’s bands have consistently earned Gold and Superior ratings in Indiana as well as Best in Class and Overall Grand Champion awards in the Chicago and Cincinnati areas.
Mr. Grifa has served as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator for concert bands and marching bands across the country. Additionally, he has presented clinics at numerous state music conferences. At the 2015 Midwest Clinic, he presented a session entitled “Achieving Your Ensemble Sound: It’s Fundamental!” Mr. Grifa has written several articles that have been published in The Instrumentalist Magazine as well as writing an entry for the “Conductor’s Companion: 100 rehearsal Techniques, Imaginative ideas, Quotes and Facts,” a book published in 2016 compiled by Gary Stith. In 2016, Mr. Grifa joined the Conn-Selmer Division of Education team as an Educational Clinician.
Besides teaching middle school band, Mr. Grifa has been heavily involved with high school marching band and drum and bugle corps. He is currently on the music staff with the Carmel High School Marching Band, which has won its fourth Bands of America Grand National Championship in 2017. Before moving to Carmel, Mr. Grifa was also on staff with the Center Grove High School Marching Band. In 2000 and 2002, Mr. Grifa was a member of the World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Additionally, Mr. Grifa has been on the brass staff for both the Cadets (2007-2009) and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps (2005, 2006).
Mr. Grifa received his bachelor’s degree in music education and his minor in trombone performance from Old Dominion University located in Norfolk, VA and is currently finishing his Masters of Music Education at the University of Florida. While at Old Dominion, Mr. Grifa had the pleasure of being a member of the Virginia Wind Symphony under the direction of Mr. Dennis Zeisler, which included the honor of performing at the Midwest Clinic in 2004.
Mr. Grifa currently resides in Westfield, Indiana with his wife Suzy, his two-year-old son Geno, and goldendoodle Mickey!