Performance Band 2023
Director: Wendy Griffin - firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Director: Donald C. Allen - email@example.com
Mrs. Wendy Griffin - Director
Mrs. Griffin has been teaching for over 20 years in NY, PA and MD. She holds a master's degree in Instrumental Conducting from Mansfield University and has had the privilege of teaching all levels of musicians from K-12 in choral, band, orchestral and general music settings throughout her career. She is also very involved in the Drama Department as well as teaching private lessons and is the choir director at a local church. Most notably Mrs. Griffin has directed marching bands in MD and in PA before moving to NY 17 years ago and was very involved with the West High Band and the CPP Performance Band while teaching and directing in Bradford NY. Mrs. Griffin has been teaching in the CPP District for 7 years now and was the assistant director of the Performance Band during the 2022-2023 school year.
Mr. Donald Allen – Assistant Director
Donny Allen has been involved in music education for over four decades. A band director at Corning Painted Post School District, Mr. Allen has many laurels to his credit (including many New York State Championships, National and World Championships). Mr. Allen presently continues in his own business of music education, arranging, adjudication and consulting, while teaching band high school full time. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Empire State College and is a certified K-12 music teacher in New York State. Donny also has a Masters of Music Education from University of New York at Buffalo.
Donny's involvement in music education also includes arranging music and consulting for marching bands in New York State. Many of these bands have been consistent champions in their class. This includes award winning high school bands from East Irondequoit High School, Jordan Elbridge High School, Copiague High School, Hicksville High School, Garden City High School, Pioneer High School, Corning-Painted Post High School and many more nationally. He is an active adjudicator and clinician for the New York State Field Band Conference, Youth Education in the Arts, US Bands, and the Cavalcade of Bands. Mr. Allen also plays trumpet professionally with many bands in different genres in upstate New York. Mr. Allen is also the former Assistant Director for athletic bands at the University of New York at Buffalo.
Mr. Allen has achieved first place gold medals in every division in Drum Corps Associates, from the individual level in trumpet performance to the World Class. Included in his drum corps experiences are music director and brass arranger with the Rochester Crusaders, Empire Statesmen and Syracuse Brigadiers during the years 1990-1997. Those corps were “Open Class” World Champions.
Donald Allen is an active member of the prestigious World Drum Corps Hall of Fame since 1995 and the President of the Bugler’s Hall of Fame.
Mrs. Judi Gridley – Majorettes Adviser
Judi Gridley has been the Majorettes adviser for CPP starting with Corning West. She has been the adviser of the CPP majorettes for around three decades and has made the Majorette program and twirling in Corning a culture of success and a source of pride for the community, bringing home numerous local, regional and state championships in twirling.