M1 instruments have always allowed me to express all of my musical ideas perfectly. Ron & the team take both mallet and instrument building as seriously as we as artists take our craft and it shows in the impeccable quality of every Marimba One instrument I've heard or played on.
Stefan “Griff” Griffin has been performing for audiences all over the world for 20 years as a percussionist, drummer and band leader. Trained in both the classical percussion and drum set idioms, he has had the honor of performing for millions of people, spanning the shores of Cape Verde to the streets of Italy, and from the illustrious Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland to being a featured performer as a jazz soloist on drums in Times Square for NY Fleet Week. Mr. Griffin was the winner of the 2006 Rowan University Orchestra Soloist competition, culminating in his performance of Keiko Abe’s “Prism Rhapsody for Marimba and Orchestra” with the Rowan University Orchestra and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Mr. Griffin is a veteran of the United States Navy music program, in which he was an active duty sailor from 2009-1015. He graduated from the Naval Music School with honors and the illustrious “Instructor Qualification”, and currently has the highest performance score for
percussion in the school’s history. He was Navy Band Northeast’s “Blue-Jacket of the Year” and was the band leader for the jazz group “The Bluejackets” while stationed with Navy Band Great Lakes, which has the distinction of being the first Navy Band to make the “trending” page on Twitter for their performance at the “Jazz on the Green” festival in Omaha, NE for an audience of over 11,000.
Mr. Griffin holds a BA in Music from Rowan University, where he studied with Dean Witten and Jim Miller. He currently took his final courses towards his Masters in Music Performance at the University of Rhode Island, where he was a student of Dr. Kyle Forsthoff and Joe Parillo for Jazz Improvisation (vibraphone). An avid supporter of new music, he commissioned Rhode Island composer Tim Coffey’s first Marimba Solo “Intricate Isolation” and gave its world premiere on April 6, 2018.
Mr. Griffin has most recently moved back to his hometown in NJ to become the Director of Bands at Middle Township High School and Middle School, the home of the award-winning Middle Township Panther Marching Band. As an alumni, he is currently serving in his dream job, being able to give back to the school and community that allowed him to become the musician he is today. Mr. Griffin maintains a busy performing schedule alongside his teaching roles, performing with bands, community groups and for all kind of events in the Tri-State area.
Mr. Griffin is a proud member of the Percussive Arts Society and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and is honored to be a Marimba One artist.
When not performing, he loves spending time with his beautiful daughter and being a mediocre runner, training for his first half marathon.