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).