Vern Griffiths joined the Vancouver Symphony as Principal Percussionist in 1997 and is also a member of Standing Wave and the Turning Point Ensemble. He has recorded with all of these groups, and has also recorded soundtracks for Disney, ABC, IMAX, NFB, EA Sports, PBS, Lions Gate, and DreamWorks. Other recent performance highlights include solo performances of his kids show Wall to Wall Percussion with the Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, and Toronto Symphonies, the Modulus Festival and other Music on Main shows, and conducting the VSO performance of Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat. Vern was a scholarship student of John Rudolph at UBC and Chris Lamb at the Manhattan School of Music, and attended festivals in Aspen, Maryland, and Germany. He is now the head of the percussion department at the UBC School of Music and also teaches at the VSO School of Music.