Jonathan Barrick Griffiths
Class of 1977
As a 1977 graduate of Broken Arrow Senior High, Barrick went on to study music at Oklahoma State University. While at OSU, he began traveling with local music group, The Overtons, serving as their conductor, arranger, and musician. The group often traveled as the opening act for Bob Hope, performing at state fairs, telethons, and conventions.
In 1988, Barrick moved to Los Angeles, California. There, he immediately found himself working with the most famous singers, composers, arrangers, and musicians in the world. Don't believe me?
In 1983, while still in Stillwater, Barrick worked on the demo tape that GARTH BROOKS took to Nashville, making Garth a star overnight.
In Los Angeles, as a music copyist, he worked for FRANK SINATRA, SAMMY DAVIS, JR., HENRY MANCINI and countless others, and has worked on the music for major motion pictures, television shows, platinum award-winning albums, and Grammy Award-winning CDâ€™s.
As a music arranger, he's done music arrangements for MARK ANTHONY on his HBO Special "The Concert From Madison Square Garden" and MICHAEL JACKSON'S 30th Anniversary Celebration for CBS.
He's recently finished working on his 17th album with BARRY MANILOW.
PEGGY LEE and MEL TORME coined the nickname "J.B." and years later, that is still how Barrick is known to industry professionals. Forget artists known by their first name. He's known by two initials by an international community of stars.
After reading his 6-page resume, it seems the only names missing from the celebrities that Barrick has worked with are ELVIS and THE BEATLES.
He's made Broken Arrow proud. I think they owe him the honor of recognizing his achievements. Don't you?
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