Martin Griffin has been a Band Director in New Jersey for 32 years, and he is currently the Director of Bands and Coordinator of Fine Arts at Monroe Township High School. His responsibilities include directing the Marching Band (17 years), Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble as well as teaching AP Music Theory. The MTHS Marching Band was crowned New Jersey State and National Champions in 2013, and they were selected to represent New Jersey at the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor in 2016. In addition, the MTHS Wind Ensemble has received multiple Gold and Superior ratings, and they have been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall and the NJ Performing Arts Center.
Griffin performed for five seasons with the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps. He has been a percussion arranger for high school bands throughout New Jersey since 1987, including J.P. Stevens High School, a multiple Bands of America regional finalist. Griffin currently judges for numerous organizations including Bands of America, Drum Corps International, and Winter Guard International. In 2006, Griffin was selected to judge for the Drum Corps Japan Championships held in Yokohama, Japan. He is currently the Percussion Caption Head for Drum Corps Associates as well as the judging coordinator for The Mid Atlantic Percussion Society. Griffin has served on the Winter Guard International Percussion Advisory Board and was on the staff for the Bands of America Honor Band that marched in the Rose Parade® on New Year’s Day 2022. Griffin received his bachelor’s degree in music from William Paterson University, where he performed with the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and the New Jersey New Music Ensemble. Griffin also has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Kean University.