Barre Griffith, bassoon
Barre, an Oklahoma native, studied bassoon from 1953-1962 with the late Betty Johnson, former principal bassoonist with the Oklahoma City Symphony and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. He attended Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, from 1962-1966 and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree. During that time, he played with the ASU Orchestra, Sun Devil Band, Opera Workshop Orchestra, and the ASU Student Woodwind Quintet. In addition, he performed as second bassoonist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. From January - June 1967, he was a Graduate Assistant with the Music Department of the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, and was the principal bassoonist with the University of Idaho Orchestra. From 1967-1971 he was a member of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C., and attended the Catholic University of America from which he earned a Master of Music Education degree. While living in the Dallas, Texas, area from 1971-1979, he played with the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra as principal bassoonist.
Griffith is president of the American Exchange Bank, Lindsay, Oklahoma, and vice-president of the First National Bank, Fletcher, Oklahoma. He is also the Music Director, Choir Director, and Bell Choir Director of the United Methodist Church, Lindsay, Oklahoma. Along with being a freelance musician, he performs as principal bassoonist with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra and the Cimarron Wind Quintet.