The City of Fairfax Band began in the summer of 1969 when Matt Hynes, who was then band director at Fairfax High School, did the recruiting and held rehearsals for a concert on the steps of the Fairfax City Hall. That successful first concert led to a second, under the leadership of Philip Fuller, music supervisor for Fairfax County Public Schools and former Fairfax High School band director. The momentum of those first two summer seasons led to the decision to go year-round starting with the City Band’s third year of existence. Leadership passed to Dr. Thomas Hill, whose talents would lead the Band to become the strong organization it is today.