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
The City of Fairfax Band Association (CFBA) has scheduled 23 concerts by its various ensembles through August. Many are outdoors at Veterans Amphitheatre (next to Fairfax City Hall) and the Old Town Plaza in Fairfax City. Others are at various parks throughout Fairfax County. All concerts are free of charge. One new indoor venue has been added this year: the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum
Virginia General Assembly Recognizes CFBA for France Trip To Normandy June 1-8 to Help Commemorate D-Day Invasion
During the City of Fairfax Band’s “Legends of the Air” concert on May 13, Fairfax Delegate David Bulova presented a proclamation to the City of Fairfax Band Association commending it for being invited to participate in France’s D-Day commemorative festival in Normandy next month. The resolution, which passed unanimously in both chambers of the General Assembly, recognizes the association for its representation of the Commonwealth
Were you unable to make it to Saturday’s performance? View some great photos from the evening and mark your calendars for our Summer Concert series starting June 18. Col. Gabriel (ret.) signing copies of his book “The Force of Destiny” Delegate David Bulova with Music Director Bob Pouliot receiving a proclamation in honor of the CFB’s upcoming trip to France Col. Gabriel welcoming concert attendees