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.

Richard Victor retired in June 2011 as High School Band Director and coordinator of music for the State College Area School District in Pennsylvania. He began teaching at State College in 1975 and served as coordinator of music from 1988 until his retirement. He currently is an adjunct instructor for the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education Global Campus and is serving as an Educational Clinician for Conn-Selmer.

Under Mr. Victor’s direction, the State High Jazz Band made five tours of Europe and performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, at Disneyland Paris, at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, at Jazz a Vienne and Jazz a Juan in France, and at the Montreux Jazz Festival. They were finalists four times for the prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition; in 2010 the band was selected as a finalist for the Swing Central Festival in Savannah, Georgia.

Mr. Victor was president of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) from 2000-2002; president of the PA Unit of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) from 1989-1993 and PMEA All-State Jazz Coordinator 1993-1998. Mr. Victor has been a guest conductor and adjudicator for concert band and jazz events in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and is serving as an instrumental adjudicator for Music in the Parks. He was guest director of the 2013 PMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble.

Committee Members

Richard Victor (2014-2018)

Boalsburg, PA

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

North Central Division Representative
Roger Groth (2017-2018)

Omaha, NE

Northwest Division Representative
Sam Ormson (2014-2018)

Vancouer, WA

Southern Division Representative
Richard Ripani (2017-2019)

Nashville, TN

Southwestern Division Representative
John Davis (2015-2018)
Boulder, CO

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

David F. Kauffman (2017-2018)
Annapolis, MD

Justin Binek (2016-2017)
Kansas City, MO

David F. Kauffman (2017-2018)

NAfME National Executive Board Liaison: David Fullmer