Larry Griffin

Chair, Department of Music

Professor of Music

The Welch Award for Scholarly or Artistic Achievement

Libuse L.Reed Endowed Professorship

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B.M.E., Virginia State University
D.M.A., M.M., University of Minnesota


Larry Griffin began studying trumpet under Paul Taylor, principal trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra in Norfolk, Virginia. Griffin also studied trumpet performance with Charles Schlueter, principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony; Manny Laureano, principal trumpet of the Minnesota Orchestra; David Baldwin, professor of trumpet at the University of Minnesota and jazz trumpet with Thad Jones. Griffin is a professor of music. In addition to conducting the Brass Choir, Trumpet Ensemble, and Jazz combos, Griffin has an outstanding trumpet studio and teaches Instrumental Conducting. Griffin has toured extensively as a soloist and clinician, including two solo China and three solo Switzerland tours. Griffin continues to teach and perform at the International Music Camp in Manitoba, Canada (1990–2019). In addition, Griffin is an active guest conductor throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, and China. Griffin is a freelance musician, clinician, and education specialist for the Conn/Selmer Instrument Company Inc., performing on Selmer, and Vintage One Trumpets. Griffin has performed with the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra as the principal trumpet - endowed chair, Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Aretha Franklin's final final public performance in New York on 7 November 2017 at a gala celebrating the 25th anniversary of Elton John's AIDS foundation, the Four Tops, (2018 Carnegie Hall performances with Hezekiah Walker, BeBe Winans, Shirley Caesar, Azi Schwartz, Kenny Lattimore, and Ray Chew). Aside from performing, Griffin maintains a private studio. He enjoys helping young trumpet players develop their talents and explore creativity through music. Griffin strives to provide students with an exciting environment to learn the fundamentals of music performance.


This award is intended to recognize distinguished scholarly or artistic achievement among Ohio Wesleyan University faculty members. All full- time teaching faculty members who have been employed at Ohio Wesleyan for at least eight years are eligible to be nominated. The award will consist of a certificate and a cash grant in an amount not to exceed the amount of the Welch Meritorious Teaching Award and will be made at Commencement (or another appropriate ceremony). Persons who have once received the award are not eligible to receive it a second time. The names of award winners will be entered on an appropriate plaque, to be displayed permanently in an appropriate place on campus.

Libuse L. Reed Endowed Professorship

The chair, named for distinguished professor emerita, shall have as its honored recipient a professor who exemplifies the same teaching values that Libuse L. Reed portrayed during her tenure at Ohio Wesleyan. This recipient shall show academic discipline; he or she shall help students acquire the habits that build a foundation for intellectual outreach and the integration of all areas of knowledge to enrich their lives. This recipient shall also be accessible to provide empathy and encouragement to students, not only in the classroom but as an adviser and through extracurricular activities.

Major Performances

Trumpet Studio

The trumpet studio at Ohio Wesleyan University strives to be one of the best of its kind in terms of its practicality, relevance to current professional standards and its effectiveness for preparing students to perform at the highest level.

Individual Lessons

Weekly lessons are the centerpiece of each student’s experience in the Ohio Wesleyan University trumpet studio. Instruction is individualized to each player’s rate of progress. Students are encouraged to set achievable goals and find solutions to playing problems that develop skills of daily discipline. Students are also encouraged to use one another as resources for insight and support, and hopefully continue that into their professional careers to make them good colleagues as well as good musicians.


The masterclass is a monthly opportunity for students to perform for one another. Each month involves an assignment to prepare material relevant to professional attainment along with an opportunity for discussion and constructive input from each student. In addition to gradually gaining confidence and poise under the pressure of performance, students learn important communication skills that help them to be supportive of one another, offering constructive suggestions for improvement.

Performance Class topics include imitative duets with woodwind or string instruments; audition tape preparation; performances on piccolo and E flat trumpets; performances on the German rotary valved trumpets; sight reading; and technical Etudes.

Trumpet Ensemble

The trumpet ensemble offers opportunities for students to improve their section playing and communication skills. The Ohio Wesleyan University Trumpet Ensemble performs every semester in various locations around Central Ohio.

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Sanborn Hall 205
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3706