In the tradition of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and other big bands of the ’40s, the Fairfax Swing Band has been wowing audiences since 1989 with music from the big band era through today’s contemporary sounds. They’ve performed with such celebrities as Richard Dreyfuss, Stephanie Powers, and Sesame Street’s Bob McGrath. The Fairfax Swing Band is available for private parties, weddings, community and corporate events, concerts and more.
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.
The Fairfax Swing Band is comprised of volunteers from variety of professional fields, including the federal government, military, education, law, medicine, engineering, and private business.