Alcorn mourns the loss of legendary director of bands, Samuel Griffin

Legendary founder of the Alcorn State University Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite and Director of Bands Samuel Griffin has passed away.

Griffin began his career at Alcorn more than 40 years ago. Following a brief period as assistant band director, Griffin assumed the position as director of bands in 1969. He was well known for his auxiliary innovations with the marching band, including the Golden Girls and the Purple Flashers Flag Corp. He led the marching band to halftime shows in high profile venues in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, New York, Michigan, Missouri and Texas.

Griffin displayed his love for Alcorn by being one of the University’s top recruiters. Under his leadership, a number of students made Alcorn their school of choice.

President Alfred Rankins Jr. took time to reflect on the outstanding legacy that Griffin left behind.

“Alcorn lost one of its most beloved figures,” said Rankins. “Mr. Griffin was the epitome of Alcorn excellence. He loved this University, and he dedicated his time to instilling key values of hard work into generations of Alcornites. Our condolences goes out to the Griffin family and all of those who had the pleasure of knowing him.”

Current Alcorn Director of Bands Dr. Renardo Murray remembers Griffin as a strong man who groomed his students to be great performers and even greater people.

“Mr. Griffin was an Alcorn State University icon,” said Murray. “He touched the lives of so many young people. He not only taught us how to be musicians, but he also taught us how to be strong men and women.”

Long time colleague and Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Donzel Lee said that those who knew Griffin will remember him for his lively persona.

“The world of music has lost a great personality in the passing of Mr. Griffin,” said Lee. “He touched so many lives, especially of students who came through Alcorn, and will be well remembered for his effervescent personality.”

Alcorn State University sends its sincere condolences to the Griffin family in their time of grief. More information regarding arrangements will be released once confirmed.

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