Chamberlain High School Bands 2017 - 2018 

DIRECTOR of BANDS: AMANDA R. GRIFFIS                                Chamberlain High School, Tampa, Florida 

Director and Staff

Amanda R. Griffis - Director of Bands

Mrs. Griffis is a native of North Carolina where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The University's School of Music is one of the largest and most comprehensive schools for the performing arts in the Southeast. During her time there, she performed with multiple ensembles including Symphonic Band, Pep Band, Flute Choir and Percussion Ensemble. In 2012, she traveled to Vienna and Prague to study eighteenth - twentieth century composers and has attended concerts by some of the worlds most renowned musical ensembles - The Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Boys Choir, Staatskapelle Dresden and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

During her short teaching tenure, she has earned the honor of being a presenter at the 2017 Florida Music Educators Conference in Tampa. She is a participating member of the Florida Bandmaster's Association, Florida Orchestra Association, and Florida Music Educator Association.  She can often be found in a variety of educational environments including conferences such as the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL. She is very excited to continue pursuing the highest standards of music-making in Tampa with the Chamberlain Band of the Mighty Chiefs!

Caitlin Kellar - Guard Instructor

As a proud Chamberlain alumna, Caitlin is excited to return as the Colorguard Instructor for Chamberlain’s Band of the Mighty Chiefs.  

This is Caitlin’s second season with the Chiefettes, but she has been teaching Colorguard since 2009. She was a member of the USF HOT Colorguard and USF Winterguard from 2007-2011, where she served as a captain for two years. Caitlin was co-director of the Spoto High School Colorguard from 2011-2013 and toured with The Cadets and Spirit Drum & Bugle Corps.  Caitlin has also been on staff with the USF Winterguard teams since 2013.  

She currently works as a Speech-Language Pathologist for Hillsborough County Public Schools.

Daniel Melendez - Percussion Technician

Daniel earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Florida's Music Flagship Program under the direction of Charlotte Mabrey.  While attending, Daniel was a member of the UNF Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Percussion Ensemble.  In addition, Daniel participated in the 2013 Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar featuring lectures, master classes, and concerts from world renowned marimbists such as Leigh Howard Stevens, Michael Burritt, Bob Becker, Gordon Stout, and Kevin Bobo. 


Professionally, Daniel pursues a career as a private music educator, composer, and music arranger.  Daniel’s musical arrangements have been featured in Allen D. Nease High School’s 2012-2015 marching band shows, indoor percussion's 2013-2015 shows, and J.P. Taravella High School’s 2015-2016 marching band shows.


In 2016, Daniel’s started Dexterity Music, LLC expanding his private lesson studio servicing middle and high school band programs in the Hillsborough County area.


Daniel is currently the percussion caption head, front ensemble coordinator, and percussion arranger at Chamberlain High School.

Oscar Gonzalez - Brass/Visual Technician

Known for his love and passion for the tuba, Oscar is the newest addition to the Chamberlain Band of the Mighty Chiefs as the brass technician. 

Oscar is a graduate of Gaither High School and is attending The University Of Tampa to study Music Education and minor in Business. Oscar has field experience in a hefty supply of musical mediums - marching band, jazz band and wind ensemble. His most recent performances with Gaither's Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble received the highest possible marks at state MPA. 

As an active musician in the Tampa area, Oscar has been a part of the All-County Honor Band for the past three years, earning second chair for two years and first chair most recently, he's participated in Festival of Winds and Bay Winds for all four years and received multiple high marks at District 7 Solo & Ensemble.  

Notable Chamberlain Alumni Volunteers:

  • Landon Purvis, USF HOT Band

  • Lindsey Corcho, UF Gator Marching Band

“Music, of all the arts, stands in a special region, unlit by any star but its own, and utterly without meaning ... except its own.”
Leonard Bernstein, The Joy of Music