Council for Jazz Education

Mission: To Support the members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the jazz community by serving as a resource to improve the quality of teaching and research in jazz education at all levels.

 

Chair

David F. Kauffman is the Senior Manager of the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet program in Anne Arundel County, Maryland after having served for three years as the school system’s Coordinator of Music.

Prior to moving to Anne Arundel County, he served as Fine Arts Coordinator and Assistant Principal in Allegany County; established Maryland high school band programs at Mountain Ridge (Allegany County) and Patuxent (Calvert County) High Schools; and also directed the bands at Fort Hill and Beall High Schools (Allegany County).  In each of his teaching positions, his groups consistently achieved superior ratings locally, regionally, and statewide.

During the past twenty five years, Kauffman has served as an educator, clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor, performer, promoter, businessman, and elected official.  As a saxophonist, he has performed with Aretha Franklin, Louie Bellson, and The Dells.  He was the founder of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra, a collegiate honors band whose performance credits include Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, the Kennedy Center, and the Jazz Education Network National Conference in New Orleans.  For eight years, he hosted a weekly jazz radio program, “Searching for Birdland” on NPR Affiliate WFWM. 

He has served as the Chair of the National Association for Music Education’s Council for Jazz Education since 2018.  As a member of the Jazz Education Network’s Board of Directors, he serves as the NAfME Liaison, Secretary, and Chair of the Education Committee.

He lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Jennifer, and have two adult children, Kaitlyn and Samuel.

Committee Members

Chair 
David Kauffman (2018-2020 and 2020-2022)
Annapolis, MD 
jazzcouncil@nafme.org

Eastern Division Representative
Paul Carr (2020-2022)
Silver Spring, MD
pcarr@jazzacademy.org

North Central Division Representative
Bethany Robinson (2019-2021)
Noblesville, IN
bethany_robinson@nobl.k12.in.us

Northwest Division Representative
Scott Brown (2020-2022)
Seattle, WA
slbrown@seattleschools.org
Southern Division Representative
David Albert (2019-2021)
Raleigh, NC
dsa.drums@gmail.com

Southwestern Division Representative
Grant Maledy (2020-2022)
Denver, CO
dhammiedo@gmail.com

Western Division Representative
Milas Yoes (2019-2021)
Gilbert, AZ
milasyoes@gmail.com

Member-at-Large
Peter Sampson (2020-2021)
Whiteland, IN
pete@musixweb.com

Member-at-Large
Sean Jones (2020-2021)
Baltimore, MD
sean@sean-jones.com

Member-at-Large
Lenora Helm Hammonds (2020-2021)
Durham, NC 
lhelm@nccu.edu

Chair-Elect
To be selected June 2021

Terms begin on July 1 and end on June 30 of the years noted above.