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FHS BANDS IS CELEBRATING 75 YEARS
Founded in 1948 (and now celebrating 75 YEARS!), Fairfax High School Bands is an award-winning program with over 100 members. The group has developed a strong reputation throughout the region for its excellence in Concert Bands, Marching Band, Color Guard, Drumline, and Jazz Band.
Excerpt from the 1948-1949 FHS Yearbook:
The FHS Band was organized in September with a membership of thirty-six, twenty of whom were beginners. It performed at all the home games in the football season, although it only marched at two of the these. After football season it settled down to the important work of the year - the development of a concert band. It moved into its new quarters the latter part of November. Its first program was the Christmas Concert. The second semester found its membership settled down to thirty-one students, full of hope and ambition for the future. The month of March found the band starting upon a series of concerts to be presented in the nine communities whose grade schools feed into F.H.S. An invitation was received for the first time to attend the Apple Blossom Festival. After the Community Concerts, the band set to work on a Spring Festival Concert, to be presented shortly before the close of school.
The band set out this year on a very ambitious six-year program which it hopes will develop a 75-piece concert band which will be one of the outstanding bands in the state of Virginia. The Fairfax High School Area Band Association was organized, consisting of a band committee in each of the nine communities we serve, and a "Booster" Club for the High School.