About

The Executive Board

Benita Gladney, President
Karine Chapdelaine-Walker, Vice President
Iris Tate, State Manager
Ben Hall, State Music Supervisor
Andrew Green, Secretary

Benita Gladney, President 
Benita Gladney is the Coordinator of Music Education at Howard University, where her responsibilities include teaching all undergraduate and graduate music education courses. Dr. Gladney holds the DMA in music education from the University of Georgia, a M.M.Ed from Howard University, and a B.M.E. from Southern Illinois University. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Jazz Educators Network, College Music Society, and the Society of Music Teacher Education. Dr. Gladney's teaching experience ranges from kindergarten to college. Her public school teaching has been primarily in urban environments, Atlanta and Chicago. In these school systems, she has instructed students in band, choir, and general music. Dr. Gladney's research interests include urban music education and music improvisation.

Karine Chapdelaine-Walker, Vice President 
Karine is currently the Professor of Jazz Bass at James Madison University, the music teacher at Thurgood Marshall Public Charter High School, and a busy freelance musician. She has been teaching early childhood music education for more than 10 years in Canada and United States. For the last 3 years, Karine has been a teacher at DC Public Charter Schools, teaching both middle and high school. She holds a BM from McGill University, and a MM in Music and a MM in Music Education from Howard University. Karine has presented workshops and lectures at venues such as the Smithsonian Art Museum, has had material published in journals and publications in both the United States and Canada, and has been awarded multiple grants for her work. Karine’s professional performance career has taken her all over the world, including appearances at major venues and festivals such as The Pori Jazz Festival, The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Montreal International Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, and The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Iris Tate, State Manager 

Ben Hall, State Music Supervisor 
Ben Hall began his career at the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) as a music teacher at Bell Multicultural High School. There he worked with faculty to develop curriculum eventually leading to the creation of several music class offerings as well as a repertoire for the school band that included music from the Caribbean, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. In 2002 Ben joined the central office team and quickly became involved in developing curriculum and working to support teachers and administrators. During his time with DCPS, Hall has cultivated partnerships with both local and national organizations such as Washington Performing Arts (WPA), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Yamaha Corporation, and VH1-Save the Music. He co-chaired an arts committee that began the development of the current DC Arts Standards. Members of this committee included public and public charter teachers, administrators, and community organizations. Hall coordinated the development and distribution of a $4.2 million budget that purchased pianos, band/orchestral instruments and other materials needed by DCPS. He has been instrumental in delivering high quality professional development to teachers, administrators, and various community organizations on DCPS initiatives and processes. Hall recently co-wrote a Comprehensive Music Plan (CMP) for DCPS with WPA that outlines the elements needed for a comprehensive music education for all students based on equity, excellence, and accountability. As an active freelance musician, he has performed through Europe, North America, and Central America with various performers including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, the Four Tops, the Temptations, and Ernie Watts.

Andrew Green, Secretary
Andrew Green is a conductor, tuba player, and music educator in the Washington Metropolitan area. Mr. Green is the music teacher at Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School in Washington, DC. At Phelps, he directs the band program, teaches AP Music Theory and music appreciation as part of the school’s core curriculum. Mr. Green feels that education and musical outreach are of primary importance in building the musical world of tomorrow. Teenage musicians in all styles of music are the future leaders of the music profession. For the past seven years, Mr. Green has been the associate director of the Montgomery Philharmonic, a community orchestra in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Mr. Green also leads the orchestra’s youth development program.
Mr. Green’s career as a performer has spanned many different musical styles. He is primarily a classical player and has performed with symphonic orchestras and bands across the Washington and Los Angeles areas. In addition, Mr. Green has played with British brass bands, jazz bands, rock bands, pop groups, and marching bands. He has performed with studio jazz greats Andy Martin, Wayne Bergeron, singer Monica Mancini, Louie Bellson, heavy metal rockers John Dolmayan and Shavo Odadjian of System of a Down, and funk legend George Clinton.
Mr. Green holds a Master of Arts degree in Teaching Music from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Tuba Performance, magna cum laude, from the USC Thornton School of Music in 2007. He studied tuba with world renowned artists Tommy Johnson and Jim Self, as well as Los Angeles Philharmonic principal tubist Norman Pearson.