Support of music education and encouragement of budding musicians is at the core of what the City of Fairfax Band Association was established to do. 

The City of Fairfax Band Association prides itself on providing opportunities for students and the community to engage in the world of band music.  Learn more about our activities below.

Students (18 and younger) are granted free admission to both subscription series and community concerts. 

A student ticket is required and in most cases may be picked up the night of the concert. However, tickets for the December concerts must be reserved in advance.

Some school band students earn extra credit for attending CFBA concerts. (For details, ask your school band director or ensemble music teacher.)

The Young Artist Competition provides area high school students the opportunity to receive a financial award for continuing music education in addition to performing as a soloist with the City of Fairfax Band.


In the fall of 2011, the CFBA launched an audition only ensemble for high school students, the Northern Virginia Youth Winds (NVYW).  

After tremendous interest, an ensemble was created for middle school students in 2014, known as the Northern Virginia Junior Winds (NVJW).

Since 1996, the CFBA has sponsored the Young Artist Competition to encourage the development of stand-out high school musicians who plan to pursue a musical career. The winner of the annual competition is the featured guest soloist at the April concert and is given a financial award of $2,000 in support of future music endeavors.

To be eligible, the student must be a junior or senior enrolled in a band or orchestra program in a northern Virginia high school.

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The City of Fairfax Band has hosted composers, conductors and guest performers to provide educational seminars and clinics in conjunction with concerts.

Composers featured include:

  • Travis Cross, Director of the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble
  • Mark Camphouse, George Mason University
  • Ira Hearshen

Guest Conductors:

  • Capt. Michelle Rakers, Assistant Director of the United States Marine Band

Guest Performers:

  • Dick Hyman, virtuoso jazz pianist 
  • Dennis Strawley, Clarinet



The City of Fairfax Band introduces young children to the world of band music and to the varieties of band instruments at the annal summertime Children’s concert. This concert includes an instrument “Petting Zoo” where children can try playing common wind instruments.