The Band

We are your neighbors, friends and colleagues.

Where can you find world-class music in a family-friendly atmosphere that’s free to one and all? Look no further than Cville Band. Our team of volunteers and Music Directors share their skills and experience in a range of styles to entertain the whole family. From classical and marches, jazz and Broadway tunes, to movie scores and rap from Hamilton. Our ensembles add more variety to enjoy in person with performances in your schools, community centers, breweries and other more intimate settings.

Charlottesville has changed a lot since 1922, and so have we. Our members represent many different neighborhoods, age groups, professions and backgrounds. We find common ground through the power of music and can’t wait to share it with you.

Music Directors

Steve Layman
Music Director
Gary Fagan
Assistant Music Director
Charles Torian
Assistant Music Director


Seven different ensembles give our musicians the opportunity to play in smaller groups and explore their own unique sounds. These eclectic teams perform a variety of styles such as Dixieland, Celtic folk tunes, waltzes, marches and more. Perfect for spaces like outdoor stages at vineyards, the ensembles help bring Cville Band’s big sound to smaller venues. If you’d like to book an ensemble for your event, please contact us.

Solo Competition

The 2022 Solo Competition is now open!

Auditions will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at the Municipal Arts Center. The Competition is open to musicians in grades 10-12 who attend schools in the City of Charlottesville or Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson or Orange counties. Home school students are also welcome. For more information and to apply for an audition, please click here.


We love to encourage and support talented young musicians in our area, and the James W. Simmons Solo Competition gives local high school students the chance to shine. Each year the winner performs as a featured soloist in one of the Band’s major concerts and is awarded the Rev. Dr. Genevieve Murphy Scholarship for Young Musicians. This scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, will go towards higher education costs at the winner’s choice of college or university. Past winners have been accomplished players from five area high schools specializing in flute, clarinet, trombone or saxophone. Meet our latest winner, Reid!

2020 Winner

Reid Dodson
Charlottesville High School
Reid Dodson won our Solo Competition as an 18-year old senior at Charlottesville High School. She started playing flute at age seven, studying with Angela Kelly and Kelly Sulick. Reid performed in the All-Virginia Symphonic Band, the Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia (YOCVA) Youth Symphony, the Charlottesville Symphony at UVA and the CHS wind ensemble, full symphony, marching band, and pit orchestra. Reid even had the opportunity to play for Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway at the Paramount Theater. A winner of the 2013, 2017, 2019, and 2020 Wednesday Music Club competitions, Reid received an award from the 2020 Flute Society of Washington High School Honors competition. She is currently studying at Amherst College.

2019 Rose Bittle | Albemarle High School 2018 Jason Dech | Fluvanna County High School 2017 Charlotte McDonald | Charlottesville High School 2016 Maggie Archer | Louisa County High School 2015 Chris Hays | Charlottesville High School 2014 Geneva Knight | Charlottesville High School 2012 Marie Fernandez | Monticello High School 2011 Samantha Marshall | Monticello High School 2010 Anthony Poehailos | Monticello High School

Current Band Members

Board of Directors Greg Harris, President & Treasurer; Pamela Evans, Vice President; Gregory Alexander, Secretary; Eric R. Allison; Cheryl Gomez Barber; Ellen P. Donlon; Janelle Ellis; Dave Johnson; Michelle Schroeder; William D. Tucker, III; Renee Vollrath; Christine Willard; Stephen R. Layman, ex officio; Leo Mallek, ex officio

Music Director Stephen R. Layman Flute Stacy Bolling, Jon Gomez, Katie McCartney, Hayley Parrish, Deborah Reed-Astle, Mary Reitsma, Sharon Reitsma, Mary Ann Stumbaugh, Jessie Tosto, Christine Willard Eb Soprano Clarinet Lester Andrews B Flat Clarinet Greg Alexander, John Blum, John Dean, Ellen Donlon, Cheryl Gomez Barber, Laurie Keenan, Peggy Madison, Burt Marks, Bob Notari, Fred O’Bryant, Cait Richards, Lynda Sawyer, Michelle Schroeder, Marvin Scoggin, Nick Yates, Zach Willard Alto Clarinet Pam Evans Bass Clarinet Sharon Dudley, Cecily Reynolds, Patricia Sutker Oboe James Prodan, Charles Torian Bassoon Cathy Grant, Erik Ruud, Carlisle Vidourch Alto Saxophone Tim DeSimone, Glenn Lankford, Robert LaRue, Skyler Revutin, David Wilson Tenor Saxophone Kiernan Michau, David Moody Baritone Saxophone Brian Hamshar French Horn Allison Alexander, Becky Allen, Eric Allison, Deborah E. Buchanan, Ann Eichelberger, Janelle Ellis, Erin Richter, Nancy Rosen

Baritone Horn Jaimin Ashra, H. Wayne Clark, Mike Gottier, Kerry Finnegan Trumpet Jerry Barber, Sammy Barnes, Steve Brecker, James Brown, Don Brubaker, Brittany Deacon, Harry Decker, Oliver Hale, Wayne Harding, Ken Nelson, William Porter, Jeff Vaughan, Will Wagoner, Myrna White  Trombone Frank Boone, Scott Colley, Robert Graham, Burton Hable, Christopher Hernandez, Dave Johnson, Stephen Sanford, Renee Vollrath, Ray Wyant Tuba Mike Allen, Tryon Bauer, Basil Istwany, Bob Kammauff, Robert Thompson String Bass Janice Wood Percussion Robbyn Callahan, Lisa Cook, Gary Fagan, Charles Harris, Greg Harris, John Lyon,  Brian Socolow, Theresa Torian Honorary Members T. E. Powers, Howard C. Bronson, Ernest G. Carr, Marlin Brown, Robert Peckham, Lionel S. Key, Darden Towe, David Goodwin, Gary B. O’Connell, Peter Easter, Thomas Hurlburt, Leo Mallek, Wick McNeely