Community & Students
Support of music education and encouragement of budding musicians are important to the City of Fairfax Band Association. For this reason, the Association has adopted an "All Students Free" policy: Student (18 and younger) admission to our subscription series and community band concerts is free. A student ticket is required and in most cases can be picked up the night of the concert. However, free tickets for the December concerts must be reserved in advance.
The winner of the annual Young Artist Competition receives a financial award for continuing musical education, plus the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the City of Fairfax Band. Get more information about the competition.
CFBA expanded its strong support of music education and youth with the creation of the Northern Virginia Youth Winds (NVYW) in the fall of 2011 and further expanded with the addition of the Northern Virginia Junior Winds (NVJW) in 2014. NVYW is comprised of high school students and NVJW, of sudents in grades six through eight. These woodwind, brass and percussion students are selected by competitive audition. Read more about these talented ensembles.
The City of Fairfax Band occasionally offers educational seminars in conjuction with a concert. A "Meet the Composers" panel discussion preceded the April 16, 2011 concert which featured the premiere of a newly commissioned work by Travis Cross, Director of the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble, and a reprise performance of Mark Camphouse's (George Mason University) Foundation, commissioned and premiered by the Association in 2006.
Guest conductor Capt. Michelle Rakers, assistant director of the United States Marine Band, presented a clinic on conducting at George Mason University prior to the April 2010 concert. In 2009, the band sponsored an educational performance clinic with virtuoso jazz pianist Dick Hyman prior to his appearance with the band.
Some school band students earn extra credit for attending CFBA concerts. (For details, ask your school band director or ensemble music teacher.)
The City of Fairfax Band introduces young children to the world of band music and to the varieties of band instruments at the band's own annual summertime Children's concert and "Instrument Petting Zoo." Periodically, band members have presented the "Petting Zoo" at various local events including the Wolf Trap International Children's Festival for many years.