Alte Kameraden

The “Alte Kameraden” is the German Band unit of the City of Fairfax Band. The “Old Comrades” have introduced American audiences to the lush, spirited festmusik played by Bavarian bands since 1977. The ensemble is an authentic blaskapelle wind band that performs music of the alpine village bands.

In 1995, the “Alte Kameraden” became the first American band to be selected for membership in the Musikbund von Ober-und Niederbayern (MON)—Bavaria’s regional band association. Two years later, the “Alte Kameraden” was inducted into the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Militärmusik, Germany’s honor society for military band music. The Fairfax band was presented with the Federal Republic of Germany’s German-American Friendship Award in 1990, and recently the ensemble was honored with with a Certificate of Merit by the United German-American Committee of the USA.

The “Alte Kameraden” make over 50 appearances each year, for community events, German-American clubs, and octoberfests. They have entertained spectators at World Cup soccer matches at RFK Stadium and FedEx Field in the Washington area, and performed aboard the Gorch Fock, Germany’s tall ship, in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

In 2007, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, presented the Alte Kameraden with a special commendation on the occasion of their 30th anniversary.

Booking Information:

To book Alte Kameraden, please contact

Upcoming Performances:

May 6| Mostly Jazz| Fairfax Saxophone Quartet

Join the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet (FSQ) as part of the City of Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts 2018, as we present a program we call, “Mostly Jazz.” Among the many selections, you will hear music of Erroll Garner, Rick Hirsch, Bill Holcombe, Pedro Iturralde, Mark Watkins, and more. The concert is free, as is parking at the Sherwood Community Center. Read More

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June 1| Dinner Delights| Fairfax Saxophone Quartet

Join the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet as we play our “Dinner Delights” concert on Friday, June 1 at 7:00 PM. We will be playing at the Fairfax Town Plaza on North Street. The concert is free and parking is free in the adjoining parking garage. Make plans to eat at one of the fine restaurants as you listen to the concert. Read More

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Band Leaders:

Terry Bradley and Randy Dahlberg