As the City Band’s size and ability grew, so did its reputation. In 1981, Virginia Governor Dalton selected the Band to perform in concert at opening ceremonies for the Yorktown (Virgina) Bicentennial Celebration, an event attended by 19,000 people. The week-long schedule included performances by other noted musical groups such as the elite French Marine Band, the Premiere Staff Band of the German Army, a British Army Band from Wales, and the United States Army and Coast Guard Bands. In the Northern Virginia and other Greater Washington metropolitan areas, the City of Fairfax Band has accepted invitations to perform at an expanding list of civic and community functions. Large audiences have heard the Band play at Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington, D.C. Convention Center, and the annual Independence Day Celebration in Fairfax.