Rick Parrell

In the tradition of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and other big bands of the 1940s, the Fairfax Swing Band has been wowing audiences since 1989 with music from the big band era through today’s contemporary sounds.

The Band’s leader, Rick Parrell, is an active performer in jazz and classical music. Formerly the principal saxophonist with The United States Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”), Rick is a member of the Washington Saxophone Quartet that is heard daily on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and has been an Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at George Mason University since 1982. In addition to his performances with the Army Band and other area ensembles, Rick has appeared with such notable jazz artists as Lee Konitz, Gary Foster and Louis Bellson. Rick also is the associate conductor of the City of Fairfax Band. In addition to his performances with the Army Band and other area ensembles, Rick has appeared with such artists as Lee Konitz, Louis Bellson, Doc Severinson, Kenny Loggins, New York Voices and Patty LaBelle.

Comprised of volunteers from variety of professional fields, including the federal government, military, education, law, medicine, engineering, and private business, under Rick’s professional leadership the band has performed with such celebrities as Richard Dreyfuss, Stephanie Powers, and Sesame Street’s Bob McGrath.

Book the Swing Band for your next event!

The Fairfax Swing Band is available for private parties, weddings, community and corporate events, concerts and more. For information on booking the Fairfax Swing Band, please contact band leader Rick Parrell at richard.parrell@gmail.com.

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...close your eyes and you were swept back to the days of Tommy Dorsey and Glen Miller. And they played music from more modern eras, as well. This especially appealed to the younger members of our staff. They call themselves a swing band, but they are so much more. The Fairfax Swing Band gave our employees a night to remember and one that will demand encores in years ahead.
Ken deLaski
President & CEO, Deltek Systems, Inc.