Brett Dodson joins the Northern Virginia Youth Winds as director of the Symphonic Winds, the senior ensemble in the educational division of the City of Fairfax Band Association. He brings to this position over a decade of teaching in the public schools of Texas and Virginia. Mr. Dodson is a graduate of James Madison University, where he studied music education, and Bowling Green State University, where he served as teaching assistant with the university band program while completing a master’s in trumpet performance.
As a band director in Fairfax County, Mr. Dodson taught at Kilmer Middle School and W.T. Woodson High School. His ensembles were twice featured at the Virginia Music Educators Association State Conference and in 2015 the Kilmer Middle School Band was one of only three programs in the country recognized as a National Program of Excellence by the National Band Association.
Mr. Dodson maintains a trumpet studio of over thirty members from schools in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. As a trumpeter, he has performed with the Capital Wind Symphony, the Fairfax Wind Symphony, and the Disneyland All-American College Band. He works frequently as a clinician, consultant, and conductor with bands throughout Virginia and is sought for his insight on full-ensemble fundamentals and pre-performance workshops. He has studied conducting at intensives with Nicholas Hersh of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Peter Ettrup Larsen of the Sibelius Academy.
Martin Blount joins the Northern Virginia Youth Winds as director of the Junior Winds, part of the Youth Division of the City of Fairfax Band Association. He opened Loudoun County’s newest middle school, Brambleton Middle School, in 2017. The band program at Brambleton has grown to over 500 students in just two years and features five concert bands and a percussion ensemble. Previously, he served as Band Director for two years at Stone Hill Middle School (Loudoun County), six years at Gildersleeve Middle School (Newport News), and three years at Woodside High School. Mr. Blount was the 2015 Newport News Public Schools Teacher of the Year (middle school division).
As a trombonist, Mr. Blount has performed with the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, Fairfax Wind Symphony, and eight seasons with the Virginia Wind Symphony. Performing has taken him to venues such as the Midwest Clinic, the Kimmel Center, and Carnegie Hall. As a conductor, he enjoys frequent guest conducting opportunities around the Commonwealth, most recently in Virginia Beach, Newport News and Fredericksburg. He maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator for both marching and concert band assessments as well.Mr. Blount is also the Co-Chairman of the VBODA Marching Assessment Committee.
A native of Newport News, Mr. Blount attended Gildersleeve Middle School and Woodside High School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Mannes College of Music and earned his Master’s Degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University.
Staff & Support
Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington, Alexandria, Manassas Park, and Clarke County Public Schools
George Mason University School of Music
Music & Arts: Kerry Nelson, Representative
Reston Shirt and Graphic Company, Inc.
The City of Fairfax Band
City of Fairfax Band Association and its Board of Directors
Libby Fike, CFBA President
Robert Pouliot, Music Director, CFB
Rick Parrell, Associate Conductor, CFB
Geoffrey Seffens, Conductor, MSCB
Dr. Jean-Pierre Auffret, Chairman of the Board
Janice Nette, Managing Director
Sharon Triska, Librarian
Diane Farmer, CPA
Northern Virginia Youth Winds
City of Fairfax Band Association
P.O. Box 1306
Fairfax, VA 22038-1306
Northern Virginia Youth Winds represents the Educational Division of the City of Fairfax Band Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Donations made to the association are tax deductible as provided by the United States federal tax code.