The flagship ensemble of the City of Fairfax Band Association is the 80-member City of Fairfax Band (CFB). Formed in 1969 as a small, summer-season group, the band has grown to become one of Northern Virginia's best-known community performing groups. It is among the nation’s small number of community bands whose talented volunteer players achieve impressive standards. CFB members come from a variety of musical and occupational backgrounds. They include a few active local music teachers as well as former members of the nation’s top Washington-based military bands. Other players have music degrees but work in other occupations. And many members are accomplished amateur players for whom music has been a cherished avocation. All lend their time and talents to contribute to the Fairfax community’s quality of life.
In recognition of its musical standards and achievements over the years the CFB was awarded in 2004 with the Sudler Silver Scroll from The John Philip Sousa Foundation. It is regarded as North America's most prestigious award for community concert bands. In 1981, the Commonwealth of Virginia honored the band when then-Governor John N. Dalton selected it to perform at the Yorktown Bicentennial Celebration’s opening ceremonies. When the band had its 45th anniversary Governor Terry McAuliffe proclaimed November 1, 2014 as The City of Fairfax Band Day.
Other CFB highlights:
- Performed at the Association of Concert Bands convention in Allentown, PA., 2013
- Hosted the Association of Concert Bands convention in Fairfax, 2002
- Appeared at the National Band Association convention in New Orleans, 1996
- Performed at Wolf Trap, 1995 and 1989
- Played on WMAL Radio’s Christmas Eve show at the Kennedy Center, 1987-2005
- Performed at the Association of Concert Bands convention in Virginia Beach, 1985
- Played summer concerts on the Rehobeth and Bethany Beach boardwalks, 1984-2013.
- Released four compact discs: “Made in America,” “Marchfest,” “1996 National Band Association Performance,” and “Yuletide Fair.”
Meet the Director
Robert Pouliot has been the CFB’s music director since 1994. He earned a master’s degree in conducting from the University of Connecticut and his career as an instrumental and choral conductor spans more than three decades. It includes the U.S. Air Force, where his assignments included executive officer and associate conductor of The United States Air Force Band. He is a recipient of the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts’ 2015 John Mason Arts Achievement Award. It recognizes individuals who contributed significantly to developing the arts in the Fairfax community.
Maurine Dahlberg, Librarian
Ruth Bandler, Commission on the Arts