Benjamin Chaffee – Director
Ben Chaffee has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from the SUNY Fredonia School of Music and has been a public school Music Educator in New York State for the past 15 years (Elmira City Schools 2000-2005, Pembroke Central Schools 2005-2019, Buffalo Public Schools 2019-present). His teaching experience includes Wind Ensemble, Junior High Band, Elementary Band, Elementary Strings, Marching Band, and Jazz Ensemble.
Ben has been involved in drum corps since 1998. He was a Brass Instructor for the Rochester Crusaders from 1999 to 2004, and was the Brass Caption Head for the White Sabers from 2001 to 2011.
He has been the Brass Arranger for the White Sabers since beginning with the corps in 2001, and was the program coordinator from 2012 to 2019. Beginning in 2016, he took on the role of Administrative Corps Director. Accomplishments with the White Sabers include back-to-back DCA Class A Championships in 2013 and 2014, and an 8th place finish in the corps’ first year in Open Class in 2015.
Ben has also been the Woodwind & Brass Arranger for marching bands in the New York State Field Band Conference and Tournament of Bands (PA), including Bath-Haverling, Greece Marching Blue Knights, and Williamsport Marching Millionaires (PA).
Dylan Kucinski – Assistant Director
Dylan is an enthusiastic instructor whose passion for music started at nine years old when he first picked up the trumpet. He began his marching career in 2011 with the CNS Northstars. Since then, Dylan has pursued music education, as well as performed on trumpet, mellophone, and as a featured flugelhorn/trumpet soloist with the White Sabers for several years, including their 2014 DCA Championship season.
He has been on staff as a trumpet tech since 2018 and took on the role of Assistant Director in 2020. As a Central NY native, Dylan believes in building his local marching arts community. He has assisted multiple area programs with brass and visual instruction, as well as administrative duties. Outside of the marching arts, Dylan currently plays with neo soul group, Pat Tato, and other various artists in the Syracuse area.
Traci Morrow – Membership Manager
Traci began her involvement with the White Sabers in 2008, at the urging on a long time friend. After spending the last 10 seasons as a member of the colorguard, Traci now joins the administrative team in the position of Membership Manager.
When she is not working with White Sabers, she is a Special Education teacher for the Buffalo Public Schools.
Becky has been a member of the White Sabers since 2007, and joined the brass staff in 2018. She is a 6-12 band director in the Rochester City School District.
Becky currently directs the Pride of Rochester Marching Band. She also directed the Hilton Crimson Cadets Marching Band in 2018, and was a visual and music technician for the Hilton Winter Drumline.
Becky Fox – Business Manager
Kira began her involvement in the marching arts in 2008 with the Corning East High Marching Band, where she held the position of drum major for three years. She then joined White Sabers and has been performing there since 2013. Kira also marched a season with RhythmX Winds (Dayton, OH) in 2017, winning gold in both MEPA and WGI Independent World.
In 2018, she took a brief hiatus from White Sabers to join the Administrative Team at The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps (Rosemont, IL) as an Assistant Tour Manager. Upon her return in 2019, Kira joined the White Sabers Administrative Team, taking on the Marketing and Communications Coordinator role. Kira is also a founding member of Vortex Indoor Winds, and joined their visual staff in 2020.
Kira holds a B.M. in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and an M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky. She currently works as the Administrative Assistant at the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes.
Bio to come
Support Team Coordinator
Melissa joined the White Sabers family in 2019 without knowing what drum corps was all about. She became enamored by all of the wonderful people that came out to perform, educate, spectate, and support this activity.
She quickly stepped up in any way she could, which led to the easy choice to take on the Support Team Coordinator role.
Bill Snook & Kendra Kissel Administrative Consultants