Brett Dodson joins the Northern Virginia Youth Winds as director of 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.
Dakota Kaylor is an active percussionist and educator in the Northern Virginia area. He has performed with the Fairfax Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic, McLean Symphony Orchestra, Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, and the Great Noise Ensemble. In addition, he has performed in venues such as the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and Reach, Olney Theater, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, and Creative Cauldron. Dakota has performed twice at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, 2017 Virginia Music Educators Association. For 3 years, Dakota was a staff accompanist with the George Mason University School of Dance, where he worked with various faculty members and guest artists in daily Modern Dance classes. He is a section percussionist with the Maryland Winds, a professional concert band in the Baltimore/DC area.
This is Dakota’s third year as the Assistant Director of the Vienna Jammers Percussion Ensemble. The Jammers recent performances include the 2019 Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Dakota has taught concert and marching percussion at multiple high schools in Fairfax County. From 2016-2019, he was an assistant instructor at the George Mason Summer Percussion Camp. He gives weekly private percussion lessons to 15-20 grade school students. In 2018, he was invited to the Young Alumni Networking Dinner at his alma mater Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a special guest.
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.
City of Fairfax Band
Main Street Community 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
Mindy Leatch, Accountant
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.