Dr. Roosevelt Griffin III

  Dr. Roosevelt Griffin III is President and CEO of the Griffin Institute of Performing Arts (NFP) where the transformative abilities of the arts are used to transform the lives of students and families throughout southern Cook County and beyond.  He is the director of bands for Harvey School District 152 where he and his students have received international acclaim for excellence in music education. Dr. Griffin is also the director of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic's Youth Ensemble.


Award-Winning Educator

2019 Men of Excellence Award, Chicago Defender/ Real Times Media 

2018 Award for Human and Civil Rights, Illinois Education Association

2017 Jazz Educator of the Year, The Jazz Institute of Chicago 

2017 Grammy Award for Best Music Educator:Semi Finalist ,Grammy Foundation and Recording Academy 

2015 Most Outstanding Alumni   College of Visual and Performing Arts  Northern Illinois University 

2015 Jefferson Award,   Public Service: Educator  Jefferson Foundation, Thornton Township District 205 Ambassadors 

2014 Golden Apple Award,   Excellence in Teaching  Golden Apple Foundation 

2014 “Roosevelt Griffin Ave.”  A street in Harvey, IL was renamed “Roosevelt Griffin III Ave.” honoring exemplary work in music education. 

2012 Excellence in Education Award,  Harvey Education Foundation 



Some of his most notable performances as an educator include performances at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinics, Jazz Education Network’s International Conference, Auditorium Theater, ASCD International Conference, and the Chicago Jazz Showcase.  

Before becoming a full-time teacher, Dr. Griffin worked with some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Luciano Pavarotti, Diana Ross, and Jimmy Heath. He is often invited to present at conferences and workshops for music education, including the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinics, The Jazz Institute of Chicago, The Jazz Educators Network, The Missouri Music Educators Association, Illinois Music Educators Association, The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Northern Illinois University, Columbia College, and Prairie State College. He and his students have also been featured in Downbeat and JazzEd magazines for obtaining an endorsement with Jody Jazz Mouthpieces. He recently co-authored the latest addition to GIA Publication’s TMTP series, “Teaching Music Through Performance: Beginning Jazz Ensembles”.  



Allow Dr. Griffin to bring his experience and expertise to your students.  He has the unique ability of engaging young musicians leaving them with concepts that will last a lifetime.


With great success in the area of elementary and middle school band, Dr. Griffin has adapted and developed techniques that ensure student growth, encourage a culture of excellence, and promote a strong community in and out of the band room.

University Partnerships

Dr. Griffin has served as a cooperating teacher with several universities. He has had the privilege of having almost 20 student-teachers throughout his career from Depaul University, Vandercook College of Music, Northern Illinois University, Chicago State University, Governors State University, and Roosevelt University.


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