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 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 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 Kauffman (2018-2020 and 2020-2022*)
Annapolis, MD

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

North Central Division Representative
Bethany Robinson (2019-2021)
Noblesville, IN

Northwest Division Representative
Scott Brown (2018-2020)
Seattle, WA
Southern Division Representative
David Albert (2019-2021)
Raleigh, NC

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

Western Division Representative
Milas Yoes (2019-2021 Reappointment)
Gilbert, AZ

Peter Sampson (2019-2020)
Whiteland, IN

Justin Binek (2019-2020 Reappointment)
Kansas City, MO

Todd Stoll (2019-2020 Reappointment)
New York, NY

*David Kauffman (Reappointment as Chair for 2020-2022)

NAfME National Executive Board Liaison
John Coombs
Missoula, MT

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