Special Recognition for the Lake Braddock Band and Jeff Root


Lake Braddock Secondary School Serves as Musical Ambassador: Travels to China for Five Performances

Here in Fairfax County we are privileged to have some of the finest schools and most talented students anywhere in the country, be it the star athletes who go on to win numerous State Tournaments or the academic excellence of our students that carries them into the nation’s finest Universities. We also are the home to some of the finest musical ensembles and teachers.

One such group is the Lake Braddock Secondary School Band program. This collection of fine musicians, under the tutelage of Band Director Roy Holder, achieved something only one other High School Band has. They have been invited by the country of China to tour their land and give goodwill performances in the name of the United States of America. The group representing us is made up of members of the Symphonic Band, Concert Band I and Concert Band II.

Their historic journey began on March 23rd and ended on April 1st. While there, they gave five concerts which highlighted the music of America and American composers. This achievement garnished national press and the group will be recognized by the Board of Supervisors at an upcoming Board Meeting.

The man who leads this group of fine young musicians, Roy Holder, who long ago established himself as one of the most accomplished, dedicated and talented conductors in the US. He was recently was made a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, becoming one of only a handful of high school directors nominated.

It is no surprise that most of the other high school directors in ABA also came from Fairfax County. Roy has been the leader of the Lake Braddock band program for 22 years and has led the group to numerous levels of achievement, including many invitations to play at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention which is held each year in Chicago.

Kudos and congratulations go out to this talented group from Lake Braddock SS, which also has been named a Virginia Honor Band for the 29th straight year, another amazing feat. We look forward to many fantastic performances and achievements over the years to come.

 

Congratulations to Jeff Root, Braddock District Community Champion for 2010

Supervisor Cook selected Jeff Root of Kings Park West as the Braddock District Community Champion for 2010. He will be recognized at the 18th annual Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards, sponsored by Volunteer Fairfax and held on Friday, April 23, 2010 at the Fairview Park Marriott. Jeff has been the moving force behind solving significant problems caused by George Mason University students parking in Kings Park West neighborhoods. Jeff’s efforts led to a new County ordinance and the creation of two new Residential Permit Parking Districts (RPPD). Jeff’s contributions have not only directly impacted Kings Park West, a community of 1876 homes, but three neighboring townhome communities with another 469 homes as well. Additionally, his efforts indirectly impacted hundreds of motorists who use Roberts Road on a daily basis – this includes parents who transport their children to Robinson Secondary School, and individuals who use Roberts Road seeking access to George Mason University.

Jeff Root has been a block captain for the KPWCA for about seven years. During this time, he took a leadership position within the Tapestry neighborhood of KPW and organized neighbors in filing RPPDs to address the issue of Robinson Secondary School students parking on residential streets. The knowledge he gained from pursuing these efforts prompted the KPWCA president to ask that he assume the responsibilities of the KPWCA Streets & Sidewalk Committee Chairperson. Jeff agreed to do so and was immediately thrust into two dynamic situations. One involved residents on Gainsborough Drive asking for traffic calming measures, and the other had residents looking for increased parking on both Roberts Road and Tapestry Road as a result of on-going construction on the campus of George Mason University.

After RPPDs were approved for neighborhoods around high schools, it became clear that neighborhoods around colleges were also being impacted by student parking, but there was no language in the County Code that allowed for permit parking in those areas. He and several others testified for the need to extend the ability to request permit parking to neighborhoods around colleges, and that was added to the Code. His work will have lasting significance for not only the Kings Park West community, but all of the neighborhoods surrounding George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College.
Jeff is a retired USAF officer who has been at Woodson HS for 12 years, where he teaches Biology and Geoystems to students with learning disabilities. He is a sponsor for the crew team at Woodson, as well as an advisor for the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). He is currently serving as President of the Fairfax Lions Club.

For his drive and energy in making his neighborhood a better place to live, his emphasis on safety, collaboration with other neighboring communities and organizational acumen in moving the community towards a common solution, Jeff Root is truly a Community Champion.


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