To stimulate, promote and develop interest in the musical environments, educate the general public in the musical environment and advance the national culture in the musical environment through the performance of, and education in the wind and percussion ensemble, and symphonic band musical literatures; and to provide opportunity for development of individual musicianship and musical skills; and for individual musical expression and enjoyment of music among its membership and the general public.

Our musicians come from many different backgounds.  They are engineers, educators,  military, IT professionals, recent college grads, parents and grandparents, and retired professionals who come together in the middle of the busy work week to rehearse, perform, and enjoy playing music together. Under talented and professional leadership the bands have entertained the Fairfax community,  Washington, DC and suburbs , and the greater mid-Atlantic for over 50 years.

Programs are varied and present the best in classical transcriptions, wind band music, military and marches, show tunes, and much more. Ensembles include two adult concert bands: the nationally renowned City of Fairfax Concert Band and the newer adult Main Street Community Band. Northern Virginia Youth Winds offers auditioned students in grades 8-12 the opportunity to participate in a weekly honor ensemble. Smaller ensembles serving the community are the internationally acclaimed German band “Alte Kameraden,” the Fairfax Swing Band, the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet, and the Main Street Brass Quintet.

In addition to a youth honor band, the organization supports, the organization supports music education in the schools and community and annually sponsors and conducts a Young Artist Competition, with winners selected from high school senior- and junior-class entrants who play wind and percussion instruments. The Young Artist winner is featured as guest soloist in the City of Fairfax Band spring concert and receives a financial award to be applied towards furthering the student’s individual music education.The annual summer Children’s Concert is preceded by an Instrument Petting Zoo.

The association enriches the musical life of the community by providing a full indoor subscription concert series and a summer outdoor concert series, as well as by performing at civic festivals, patriotic programs, and commemorative ceremonies.

Board of Directors

Libby Fike: President
Alan Christensen: Vice President
Ruth Bandler: Secretary
Brian Cole:  Acting Treasurer
J.P. Auffret Director, Chair
Penny Dimler: Marketing/Public Relations
Robert Pouliot: Music Director
Rick Parrell: Associate Conductor
JoAnn Azzarello: City Band Representative
Pam Hebert:  Main Street Representative
Anne BolgerDirector
The Hon. David Bulova, Director
The Hon. Eleanor Schmidt:  Director
The Hon. Jane Woods: Director

Artistic Staff

Robert Pouliot, Music Director: City of Fairfax Band
Rick Parrell, Associate Conductor: City of Fairfax Band; Leader: Fairfax Swing Band
Geoffrey Seffens, Conductor: Main Street Community Band
Brett Dodson, Conductor:  Northern Virginia Youth Winds

Administrative Staff

Nicole Powlison: Managing Director
Mindy Leatch: Accountant
Rob Faber:  Technical Director
Scott Friday: Stage Manager

CFBA Member Volunteers

Alan Cole: Contributing writer, program
Jay Berkenbilt:  Information Systems
Jim Francis: CFBA Personnel
Penny Dimler: Webmaster, Marketing/PR
Dan Merriman: Public Relations
Glenn Maravetz: Public Relations
Wendy Shugol: Accessibility Coordinator

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