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The Fauquier County Youth Orchestra is open to all orchestra and band students in the greater Fauquier County area.

The orchestra is dedicated to helping local students develop their potential as musicians and as individuals. We are a 501(c)(3) non profit educational organization. Our program provides a structured curriculum through which we explore topics in music theory, history, team work community involvement and performance. We are open to all levels of playing. We welcome everyone without the use of an audition and our qualified teachers are volunteers dedicated to our mission statement of providing excellence in music.

FYO meets on Wednesday evenings at Highland School in Warrenton and the cost of the program is $10 per week.

For more information please email or call Drum & Strum Music at 540.347.7484

String Program


Beginner Strings ( no experience ) 5-6pm

A 1-year class offered to all ages on how to start your instrument. Students will learn parts, proper care, and maintenance of the instrument. Proper technique, learning to read music, and musicianship is all covered. By the end of the first year, students will be able to play the D, G, C and F major scale. Students will begin studying history, and basic theory. By the end of this program that covers two semesters ( or 1 entire season), students will be able to join the intermediate Group. Students will participate in at least two concerts during the season.

Intermediate Strings ( 1-3 years of playing ) 6-7pm

Students that perform in this group focus on growing the skills that they learned during their first year. They now begin learning about the music industry and community involvement and services where they can apply their skills. Development of major scales happens in the fall semester transitioning to two octaves each spring. They begin reading studies and Literature in flat keys and while exploring history and theory topics. They will perform four or more concerts per season.

Advanced strings and band ( 3+ years ) 7-8pm

The advanced orchestra is for musicians with more than 3 years of study on their instruments. Band and Strings join together, working in all major and minor keys, covering lessons in theory and 4 part writing. They will learn about history topics, including major eras of music and composers. They will also study upper-level techniques including vibrato, shifting through 7th position. Community involvement, sales and marketing skills, and team building are all covered in this group. They will perform four to six concerts per season and sometimes more.

Band Program


Concert Band ( 1-3 years experience ) 5-6pm

Students in the Concert Band will learn the basic fundamentals of playing their instrument. They will learn proper posture and technique in addition to developing good tone and mastery of all major scales two octaves. Students in Concert Band are introduced to music literature from throughout the history of the concert band and play in four or more concerts throughout the season.

Jazz Ensemble (1+ years, no jazz experience required ) 6-7pm

We are now expanding our program to include a Jazz Ensemble, open to all instrumentalists, Woodwinds, Brass, Strings and Percussion with at least one-year prior playing experience. In addition to learning jazz fundamentals such as improvisation, swing, blues, rock and funk styles, we also plan on recording our own compact disc as well as performing at all F.Y.O. concerts, social events within our community, and with area jazz artists. As mentioned, this is not a “traditional big band” in the style of the 1940’s, but an “all-inclusive” group, open to (but not limited to) flute, clarinet, all saxophones, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, all strings (especially bass), guitar, drum set, congas and last but definitely not least, a fine pianist. We hope that you will investigate this amazing opportunity to participate in something musically ground-breaking that has never before existed in our community.

Wind Ensemble (3+ years experience) 7-8pm

The Wind Ensemble is for musicians with more than 3 years experience playing on their instrument. Students will build on the performance skills they developed in the Concert Band. They will develop advanced techniques like vibrato, blend and harmonic balance. They will be exposed to repertoire from the varied history of the wind band; from Beethoven to John Williams, they will play it all. Musicians in the Wind Ensemble will perform in 4 or more concerts and will have the opportunity to play in one of several chamber ensembles.