Walter L. Sickles High School Bands

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MEET OUR STAFF 

Keith A. Griffis - Director of Bands

Keith Griffis is the Director of Bands at Walter L. Sickles High School in Tampa, FL where he directs all band activities including Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and the 220+ member Marching Wall of Sound.


Bands under Mr. Griffis’ direction consistently earn superior ratings in concert, marching, and jazz assessment and have earned the Florida Bandmasters Association’s “Otto J. Kraushaar” award for straight-superior ratings at both the district and state level. Enrollment in the Sickles Band program has more than doubled during Mr. Griffis’ tenure, becoming one of the largest programs in the greater Tampa Bay area. The Sickles Band program enjoys representation in All-County, All-State, and All-National Honor Ensembles, and has a proud legacy of alumni preforming in collegiate and professional ensembles.


Mr. Griffis holds a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida, and is a graduate Cum Laude from Florida State University with Bachelor degrees in Music Education and Music Performance.  While at FSU Mr. Griffis served as the Head Drum Major of the World-Renowned FSU Marching Chiefs and as the president of the FSU Horn Studio, performing in each of the university’s bands and orchestras.


Mr. Griffis frequently serves as a brass clinician and performs professionally as a horn player. Most recently Mr. Griffis served as the principal horn of the Florida Wind Band, and has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and as a featured soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.


In addition to his work at Sickles High School, Mr. Griffis serves as the Florida Bandmasters Association District 7 Chair and as the coordinator of the Florida All-State Concert Band.

Stacey

Keylor

Rey

Paul

 

BRASS INSTRUCTOR - STACEY JONES


Stacey Jones is the Director of Bands at Davidsen Middle School, Center for the Arts, where she teaches the Concert and Jazz ensembles.


Ms. Jones graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The University of South Florida. In her time at USF, Ms. Jones was a member and leader in the Herd of Thunder Marching Band, and studied conducting and music education under the baton of Dr. Matthew McCutchen, Dr. John Carmichael, and Dr. William Wiedrick. She also studied trumpet with Dr. Jay Coble, and served as a principal member and performer of the USF Symphonic and Wind Ensembles, as well as the Jazz Band and “Rumble” Pep Band.


In addition to being a band director, Ms. Jones is also a freelance trumpet player and private teacher. She has performed with the Florida Wind Band, and maintains a modest studio of private trumpet students ages middle through high school.


Prior to her appointment at Davidsen, Ms. Jones served as the Band Director at Sligh Middle Magnet, and completed her student teaching with Cynthia Starling at Smith Middle School. Ms. Jones believes that music education is essential, and is a fierce advocate for The Arts in our schools.

COLORGUARD COACH - KEYLOR OROZCO





COLORGUARD COACH - REY ROSADO 



Rey Rosado is a former Sickles High School alumni from the class of 2018. In his time in high school, he was a proud member of the Sickles Marching Wall of Sound in the color guard section 2016-2018. He held a leadership position as color guard captain his senior year. Rey performed two winter guard seasons in which he was awarded the Martha Stark Scholarship Award during FFCC Championships 2018. Furthermore, he was part of several academic clubs and multiple theater productions.


Currently he is a sophomore at the University of South Florida where he studies to become a registered nurse. Also, he is a member in the Herd of Thunder Marching Band under the direction of Dr. Sosnowchik.
PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR - PAUL E. GAVIN

Paul is a drummer, music educator and composer/arranger in Tampa, FL. He’s currently a senior at the University of South Florida pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies. Paul plays in jazz ensembles at USF and does musical theater work in Naples, FL as well. Paul also teaches private and group lessons and writes marching percussion arrangements.

While in High School at the Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts in Ft. Myers FL, Paul held leadership positions in the marching band and was principal percussionist in the wind ensemble. He also was principal percussionist of the Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and winner of the concerto competition. Paul played the drums for the school’s Jazz program as well as two of the musical theater productions, “Sweet Charity” and “The Producers,” both of which winning county and state honors.

Paul is now a senior at the University of South Florida. He has narrowed his interested to drum performance and education pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies. Paul plays drums for musical theater groups in Naples, FL, in a brass group that plays at Adventure Islands in Tampa, FL, and in his own brass band Drum’N'Brass.

Paul’s most recent accomplishment is winning the VSA International Young Soloist Competition. On June 14 – 16th he and 3 other winners will be flown to Washington DC for a weekend of workshops culminating at a performance on June 16th at the Kennedy Center.

Paul is not only a player but a music educator. He takes the process and study of passing on the knowledge of music as an honor, privilege and a duty. Paul enters his 3rd year as the Percussion Instructor and Arranger for the Sickles High School Wall of Sound, his 4th working with the group. Under his direction the group has received only Superior ratings at MPA’s.

CONTACT INFORMATION

DIRECTOR OF BANDS:

Keith Griffs
Email: keith.griffis@sdhc.k12.fl.us
Phone: 813-631-4742 Ext. 282

COLORGUARD COACH:
Keylor Orozco

COLORGUARD COACH:
Rey Rosado

SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL
7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa, Florida  33626
Phone: 813-631-4742


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