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.


David F. Kauffman is currently the Coordinator of Music in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. 

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 and excellent ratings locally, regionally, and in the State of Maryland.

Kauffman has served as an educator, clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor, performer, promoter, businessman, and elected official for over twenty years.  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 at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 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 will serve as the Chair of the National Association for Music Education’s Council for Jazz Education from 2018-2020.

He lives in Odenton, Maryland with his wife of twenty two years, Jennifer, along with their two children Kaitlyn and Sam.


Committee Members

David F. Kauffman (2018-2020)
Annapolis, MD

Eastern Division Representative
Craig Skeffington (2017-2020)
South Portland, ME

North Central Division Representative
Rodney Whitaker (INTERIM Term:2018-2019)
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Northwest Division Representative

Scott Brown (2018-2020) 
Seattle, WA

Southern Division Representative
Richard Ripani (2017-2019)

Nashville, TN

Southwestern Division Representative
Dave Hammond (2018-2020)
Denver, CO 

Western Division Representative
Milas Yoes (2017-2019)
Gilbert, AZ

Richard Victor (2018-2019)
Boalsburg, PA

Justin Binek (2018-2019)
Kansas City, MO

Todd Stoll
New York, NY

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