Alphonso Jiles, ED. S.

Associate Artistic Director

Alphonso Jiles, ED. S. helped the founder of FAME-Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc. a tax-exempt nonprofit, establish the FAME Jazz Band Program in the Spring of 2015. He serves as an Associate Director for the Band. In addition, he is the Director of Instrumental Music at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, MD. Prior, Jiles was the Director of Bands at Frederick Douglass High School, Upper Marlboro for sixteen years. Former Minister of Music at the Temple of Praise Ministries in Washington, D.C., Jiles responsible for all music operations. Currently, he is enrolled in an Ed.D. program at Argosy University, Jiles holds several degrees, including M.S. in Organizational Leadership (Nyack College), B. M. in Music Education (Berklee College of Music), and A.A., Jazz Studies (Wisconsin Conservatory of Music).

A retired 1st Lt. in the United States Army Reserves, he is a percussion player skilled in both drums and piano. In addition, to his many musical activities, Jiles serves as the Japan Student Exchange Coordinator; for the past seven years, he has accompanied students to Japan as part of this high school exchange program. Jiles holds membership in the following professional organizations: National Association for Music Education (NAfME); American Band Directors Association (ABA); Maryland State Teachers Association (MSTA); Maryland Band Directors Association (MBDA); Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA); Maryland Orchestra Directors Association (MODA) National Education Association (NEA); and Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA).