Originally from Buffalo, New York, Griffith Kazmierczak has quickly become one of the most sought after trumpet players in the greater D.C. area. Having come down to study at the University of Maryland under trumpet guru Chris Gekker, and Grammy-Award winning saxophonist Chris Vadala, Griffith has been performing in the D.C. area since 2010. Now having earned a masters Degree in Jazz Performance, he continues to turn heads in the D.C. jazz scene on both the trumpet and violin.
From a young age Griff has acquired some impressive accolades as a trumpet player. As a sophomore in high school he was one of two trumpet players nationally to recieve an outstanding soloist award from Wynton Marsalis in the 2007 Essentially Ellington Competition. As a Junior he was one of three trumpet players nationwide to be chosen to attend the 2008 Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony. Once in college, he was a two-time semifinalist in the National Trumpet Competition, performed in the DC Jazz Festival, and in his senior year of Undergraduate studies was one of three finalists for the Airmen of Note's solo trumpet position. He was also a four time member and solo trumpet chair of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra.
Griffith has also been recognized for his unique compositions, having been featured in Capitol Bop's D.C. Jazz Lofts concert series. CapitolBop describes Griff's tunes as "sophisticated and melodious". Several were featured in his undergraduate recital (found under videos), which featured established local artists such as saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed and pianist Mark Meadows.