France 2017

Veterans Day has special meaning for the City of Fairfax Band Association (CFBA).  A number of its members have been in our armed forces, including some who served full military careers.  They include former musicians from all branches.  Added to that are band members related to veterans.  So, we help commemorate Veterans Day this year by posting expanded content on the band’s June 2017 D-Day trip to France.  There we honored the U.S. servicemembers who fought and fell in Normandy and nearby Brittany during World War II.  They were part of the Allies’ invasion of Nazi-occupied France, which launched on D-Day (June 6, 1944). 


The CFB provided music for commemorations at two of the largest U.S. military cemeteries in northern France: the Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial, situated near the village of Saint James, and the Normandy American Cemetery, located just above Omaha Beach at Colleville-sur-Mer.  The thousands of men buried at those sites remain on duty every day—reminding the world of the cost of war.


The band also performed in the town of Sainte-Mère-Église.  U.S. paratroopers night-dropped in and around the town hours before the beach landings.  Some dropped off target due to darkness and German anti-aircraft fire and landed in the middle of town.  They suffered major casualties. 

D-Day saw history’s largest amphibious military landing.  The invasion at the Normandy region of France’s northern coast launched the Anglo-American campaign to liberate that country from Nazi-German occupation and help defeat Germany.  The European war ended less than 12 months later because of Anglo-American forces fighting against the Nazis’ west flank and Russian forces advancing from the east.


Videos From Our Trip:

Updates from The Trip:

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 Read More

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Exciting New Addition to the “Legends of the Air” Concert

The next City of Fairfax Band concert, “Legends of the Air,” is sure to be a special treat. The City of Fairfax Band is excited and honored to have Ret. Colonel Arnald Gabriel back with the baton for this performance as a guest conductor. Not only will you have the opportunity to see Colonel Gabriel on the podium, but he will also be signing copies Read More

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City of Fairfax Band To Perform in France at D-Day Ceremonies

The City of Fairfax Band (CFB) is headed to France June 1-8 to perform in Normandy and Paris.  In Normandy, the band will provide the music for one of the year’s most significant observances of D-Day (June 6, 1944): the commemoration and wreath laying at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, which overlooks historic Omaha Beach. The Virginians’ other D-Day related performances include a ceremony Read More

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