Mason Daffinee is a music educator, clinician, field show designer, and military spouse. He resides in Schwedelbach, Germany, where he happily supports his wife, a Bandsman in the USAFE (United States Air Force in Europe) Band stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
Mr. Daffinee is a native of Binghamton, New York, and a graduate of Ithaca College, where he earned a BM in Tuba Performance and Music Education. He was a four-year member of the Spectrum Drum and Bugle Corps from Owego, New York, and a four-year and twelve-year staff member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois. Upon graduation from college, Mr. Daffinee toured North America and Japan with the Tony Award-Winning Broadway show Blast! As a marching member of the Phantom Regiment, Mason was the 2002 DCI Tuba Solo Contest Gold Medalist and was named the Mark Glasscoe Memorial Member of the Year.
Most recently, Mason served as an Associate Director of Bands at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, Texas. While there, he assisted in facets of the band program. Despite the distance and being temporarily out of the classroom, his passion for the marching arts continues today through his drill design for Reagan High School and other bands nationwide.
His drill designs have facilitated success for performers at multiple local, state, and national competitions, including the UIL State Marching Contest, BOA Regionals, Super Regionals, and Grand National Championships.
Before moving to San Antonio, Mr. Daffinee was Assistant Director of Bands at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas, and a teacher at Georgetown ISD, Irving ISD, and the Vestal Central School District.
Mason is also an active clinician and leadership facilitator for the SASI leadership company.