Bios

Ben Chaffee – Administrative Director/Brass Arranger/Program Coordinator

Ben Chaffee has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree 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 to 2005, Pembroke Central Schools 2005 to 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 has been the Program Coordinator from 2012 to present. Beginning in 2016, he is now also the White Sabers’ 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 a Woodwind and Brass Arranger for marching bands in the New York State Field Band Conference, including Bath-Haverling and the Greece Marching Blue Knights. His arrangement for Greece in 2015 contributed to the band’s first place finish in the GE Music category.

 

Joe Stork– Ensemble Coordinator/Staff Coordinator

Joe Stork was introduced to rudimental drumming by his father Bill Stork, with whom he competed in the New York Percussion Department, winning a percussion ensemble I&E award in Drum Corps Associates in 2002 and 2004.
Joe first marched in the Rochester Crusaders as a snare drummer in 2005 until 2008. Joe then spent the next two summers (2009, 2010) with the Hawthorne Caballeros. In 2011, Joe entered the brotherhood of the Madison Scouts where he marched through his age out year of 2012. Joe has four years of indoor marching experience including work with Onondaga Community College and United Percussion where he marched in 2012.
Joe graduated from Roberts Wesleyan in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University at Buffalo.
Joe had the distinct pleasure of serving as Percussion Caption Head and Arranger as well as Recruiting Director for the University at Buffalo Thunder of the East Marching Band for three seasons (2012-2014). In addition, he served as Battery Coordinator for Hilton (NY) High School marching band and winter drumline which he helped guide to the 2013 WGI PSA Gold Medal, as well as to 2014 WGI PSO Finalist status. In 2015 and 2016 Joe was a Snare Technician/Battery Coordinator for United Percussion and in 2017 he was the Snare Technician/Ensemble Coordinator with North Coast Academy.
Currently, he is a Band Director at Corning-Painted Post High School (NY). Here he serves as Symphonic Band Director as well as Director and Battery Arranger for the Competitive Marching Band, 2017 NYSFBC LS3 Champions. Joe is also the director and arranger for the Corning-Painted Post Indoor Drumline.
Joe has served various roles with the White Sabers since he came on board in 2013 including Snare Technician, Battery Coordinator, Battery Arranger, Staff Coordinator and Ensemble Coordinator. He is very excited for the upcoming season and continuing the culture and tradition of strong drum corps in Western New York.

 

Michael Lentz – Drill Designer

Michael Lentz is the Director & Designer for 3-Time WGI World Champions Onyx. Onyx placed in the top 3 at the WGI World Championships from 2010-2016. The Onyx Organization has produced 45 WGI World Championship Finalist Color Guards in all three Independent Classes and 14 WGI Medals including 5 Gold Medals. In 2014, Michael led Onyx to a personal best score of 99.1 to win their third WGI World Championship! In 2018, Michael completed his 30th consecutive year as the Director of Onyx. Onyx has recently performed with America’s Got Talent, Kate Jablonski & Beyond Words Dance Company in Chicago and with Phoenix Project Dance, Perkins School for the Arts and The Teen Company NYC at the Guggenheim Museum Theatre in New York City. Onyx will return to Chicago in May 2018 to perform again with The Kate Jablonski Statement.

Michael is a Founding Member and Past-President of the Ohio Indoor Performance Association where he served as the Education Director & Chief Judge for 10-Years. Michael has served on numerous boards and committees including 17 years with the WGI Color Guard Advisory Board, 6 years with the WGI Board of Directors, the WGI Steering Committee, MEPA Board of Directors and the Education Director for the Tri-State Circuit. Michael has recently been a featured clinician for the AIA/CWEA Color Guard Circuits, Mid-West Color Guard Circuit (MWCGC), the Ohio Indoor Performance Association (OIPA), The Michigan Color Guard Circuit (MCGC), the Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association (TRWEA), North Carolina Band Masters Judging Clinic, Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC) and is a recent adjudicator for DCI, BOA and OIPA in addition to freelance judging. In 2013, Michael was voted OIPA Director of the Year.

Recent design collaborations include UCP Pegasus (Open Class Champions and 4-Time World Class Finalist) World Emanon World (6-Time World Class Finalist), O2 Color Guard (2-Time Open Class Champion, 2-Time World Class Finalist & A Class Medalist), George Mason University Open (2018 WGI Finalist), Middletown HS (2018 WGI Scholastic A Class Finalist), Stonewall Independent (A Class Medalist & 3-Time Open Class Finalist), UCF Pegasus Open (2-Time Open Class Finalist), O3 (3-Time A Class Finalist), Judson HS (2-Time WGI A Class Finalist), South Shore Drill Team (A Class Champion), Lincoln Way HS (2-Time A Class Medalist), and Minooka HS (A Class Medalist). Michael has designed for 83 WGI Finalist Color Guards from 21 states in all six WGI Classes.
 
Additional previous works include Artistic Director for 2014 DCI Finalist Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (Animal Farm), Artistic Director for 2013 & 2014 BOA Finalist Lawrence Central High School (“Lamp” Shades of a Day & The Green Table) & staging design for 2011 WGI Scholastic World Class Finalists Marian Catholic (Sirens) & Lawrence Central (De Profundis) & 2017 Bellbrook High School (“Bell-Brook”).

Michael is originally from Steubenville, Ohio where he attended Jefferson Union High School, West Liberty State College & performed with the Steel City Ambassadors, Sr. Drum & Bugle Corps. He also attended Wright State University and is an alumnus of the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps (1989 Baritone). Michael works daily as a designer for Marching Band Drill & Guard Design, Winter Guard Designer, Winds Designer, consultant & judge. You can check out Michael’s 2013 & 2014 podcasts on Design, Judging & Onyx at www.marchingroundtable.com

 

 

Matt Jaeger – Brass Caption Head

Matt Jaeger has been working with the Greece Marching Band (GMB) since 2006, when he first started as an assistant music instructor. Throughout the years Matt's dedication and involvement with GMB has only grown deeper, now serving as Assistant Director in his 11th year. Matt’ss music education and marching career began in 1998 as a student in the Medina Mustangs Marching Band. Matt continued to march with the Mustangs throughout his time in high school, ultimately winning three State Championships in the New York State Field Band Conference. Matt also held a leadership position in his last year before graduating in 2003.

In 2004, Matt began performing with the Ghost Riders Mini Corps alongside friends and family. Since then Matt has marched with the Rochester Crusaders and White Sabres Drum Corps. Matt served as a Staff Member for Rochester Crusaders from 2005 to 2008 and went on to become Brass Caption Head for the White Sabres in the following years. While Matt has worked on Staff with the White Sabres, the corps has won back to back DCA Class A Championships in 2013 and 2014, and now competes in the DCA Open Division.

In addition to performing with and teaching marching bands and drum corps in the area, Matt attended Roberts Wesleyan College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2010.

 

Randall Bennett – Assistant Brass Caption Head

Marc Garside– Percussion Caption Head/Arranger

Marc began his musical journey as a saxophonist, but when he got to high school, he became enamored with the drumline, and has been a student of percussion ever since. Upon graduating high school, Marc began teaching and writing music for his alma-mater, the Shikellamy High School Marching Band, and helped lead the program to multiple top-3 finishes in TOB’s Atlantic Coast Championships. While in college he also marched with the Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and the Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps where they captured a DCA World Championship in 2003.

Marc graduated from Susquehanna University with a degree in Public Relations, but while studying he pursued musical interests and took music theory courses, performed in the percussion ensemble, the symphonic band and the choir. He also took percussion lessons and participated in the percussion studio.
Marc continues to teach at the high school level. In 2008 he began teaching and writing for the Williamsport (PA) High School Marching Band and has helped lead them to several USBands State Championships and a High Percussion Title in TOB”s Atlantic Coast Championships.
In 2011 Marc became the Percussion-Captionhead of the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps. The program there was able to become one of the premier percussion programs in DCA.
Marc has studied under outstanding instructors over the years, including: Patsy VanKirk, Bill Groves, Mike Ferlazzo, Kevin Murphy, Terrel Smith, Mike Schmitt, David Dumont, Gary Gill, Terry Bieler and Gifford Howarth.

Adam Pellittieri – Visual Co-Caption Head

Adam Pellittieri will be returning for his sixth season with the White Sabers where he teaches both brass and visual technique. He joined the White Sabers as a baritone player in 2013, and has performed and taught every year since. Prior to his time in the White Sabers, he has been a member of the Madison Scouts (2010-2011), Ghost Riders,(2009, 2013-2015) and Rochester Crusaders (2008-2009).

Adam received his bachelors Sound Recording Technology and Applied Euphonium from the State University of New York at Fredonia and now works at the University at Buffalo where he specializes in instructional technology.

 

Joe Wormworth, Jr. – Visual Co-Caption Head

Joe Wormworth, Jr. has been involved in the marching music activity for over a decade as a performer, instructor, and show and drill designer. He began his marching career playing trumpet with the Brigadiers Alumni in 2001 at age 12 and marched through 2006. His competitive career began at age 13 with the Rochester Patriots in 2002 and 2003. From 2004 – 2006, he marched with the Magic of Orlando, then the Syracuse Brigadiers in 2006, 2007, and 2009. In 2008, Joe marched with the 10-time DCI World Champion Cadets of Allentown, PA, and in 2010, Joe finished his marching career ageing out with the world famous Santa Clara Vanguard.
Joe has been teaching since 2004 when he started working with the Fabius Pompey Parade Band, followed by the East Ramapo High School Marching Band. As a junior in high school, Joe began working as a visual instructor for the Liverpool High School Marching Band, a competitor in the NYSFBC National Class. He was then put in charge of their basics program for the marching band and was the Show Designer and Visual Caption Head for the Liverpool Indoor Percussion Ensemble through 2012. In addition, Joe was the drill designer for the indoor percussion ensembles at Jordan Elbridge (2012) and East Syracuse Minoa (ESM) (2012-2016). Since fall of 2012 to the present, Joe has been the Visual Caption Head for the ESM Marching Band and the ESM Indoor Percussion Ensemble, winning two state championships with the marching band at the New York State Field Band Championships (NYSFBC) in 2015 and 2017. Also in 2017, the ESM Indoor Percussion Ensemble won the High Visual Award at the New York Percussion Circuit Championships. In 2018, the ESM Indoor Percussion Ensemble took first place in the Percussion Scholastic Open (PSO) Class at the New York Percussion Circuit Championships.

 

Jason Nealy – Color Guard Caption Head

The White Sabers are excited to announce Jason Nealy as the 2019 Color Guard Caption head. Jason comes to us with a wealth of talent and experience. Jason’s drum corps careers includes time with the Connecticut Hurricanes, Hawthorne Caballeros and the Bushwackers. Jason also had the honor of marching with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2002, earning him a DCI Championship and High Color Guard with a perfect score. Most recently, Jason marching the 2018 season with the White Sabers.
Jason has also had the pleasure to march numerous years of winter guard including with Pegasus A, Alter Ego Open, Light Brigade World, St Johns of Beverly World and finally with the 2006 WGI World Class Champions Fantasia World.
His teaching career includes stints at Shenendehowa, Trumbull, Pittston Area and Dartmouth High Schools to name a few as well as Blessed Sacrament World and Open, Les Eclipes Open, Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps, The Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps, and The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. Currently, Jason is the creative director for Sacred Heart University Open Guard and Emanon World.