Ohio Wesleyan Professor Larry Griffin Plays Trumpet at Sold-Out Event
It was “A Night of Inspiration” that featured a 64-piece orchestra, a 200-voice multicultural choir, and a slew of stars including Regina Belle, Shirley Caesar, Kenny Lattimore, and BeBe Winans.
Also performing at the sold-out Carnegie Hall concert was Ohio Wesleyan University music professor and department chair Larry Griffin, who played principal trumpet at the Dec. 15 event.
“The performance was amazing on all levels,” said Griffin, who joined the OWU faculty in 1986. “I am still excited about the performance.”
Griffin previously has performed with such musical legends as the Four Tops and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
This year’s “A Night of Inspiration” marked the third year for the event. It was created as “an evening of musical mashups from artists of all genres with one goal in mind; to inspire!” The concert was directed by acclaimed producer, composer, and music director Ray Chew (music director of TV’s “Dancing with the Stars”) and co-produced by his wife and business partner, Vivian Scott Chew.
At Ohio Wesleyan, Griffin, D.M.A., teaches courses in applied brass and conducting. He has conducted OWU students performing in University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Brass Choir, Trumpet Ensemble, Pep Band, and Jazz combos.
In addition, he supports talented high school musicians throughout the Midwest with his work on the annual Ohio Wesleyan President’s High School Honor Band Festival, now in its 55th year.