Established: Mar 18, 2004

Robert Briggs   1927 - 2008

Bob hoped his fund would grow, to help assure that as many scholarships as possible were awarded. He established this fund with the original purpose of supporting students interested in pursuing teaching or performing careers in instrumental music. Since Bob's passing in 2008, the application process has produced very few candidates .  In keeping with Bob's wishes of making charitable grants to help the community, the purpose of this fund be changed to support the Solano Winds Community Concert Band.  In Sep 2013 the SCF Board authorized that Solano Winds, a local nonprofit which Bob was very passionate about, become the sole grantee.  Robert ("Bob") Briggs was the long-time director of the University of California (Berkeley) Marching Band, and the Founding Director of the Solano Winds Community Concert Band.


Jose Arvisu was selected as the 2013 recipient of a $1,000 Robert O. Briggs Music Scholarship. SCF presented his award during the performance of the Solano Winds Community Concert Band on May 10th at the Downtown Theatre in Fairfield. Jose, a Vanden High School graduate, had originally planned to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.  He has since decided to pursue a career in the U.S. Marine Corp, and perform with the U.S. Marine Band.  We wish him well, and every success possible.  At the right, Jose is pictured with Bill Doherty, Music Director of Solano Winds Community Concert Band.


Robert Briggs spent most of his 80 years breathing life into instruments.  In the Fall of 1994, as Bob Briggs was leading the California Marching Band through his last season before his retirement, it was suggested to him that he could fill his time in retirement by starting up a community band to conduct in Fairfield.

In the summer of 1995, a group of musicians gathered to discuss the possibility of putting together such a group, and two months later, 40 band musicians gathered at Fairfield High School for the first rehearsal of the Solano Winds.

  • To read about the R. O. Briggs Memorial Festival presented by Solano Winds Community Concert Band, click here.
  • To read a story entitled "Winds of Change", from Prime Time Senior's Magazine, click here.

Finally, someone listened, and understood what I wanted to accomplish. The Solano Community Foundation set up the endowment fund I had envisioned. I trust their management of the money and the administration of the details. I look forward to increasing this endowment both for my own charitable grants now and after I’m gone, and to help the Foundation grow stronger and make a greater difference here.” - Robert O. Briggs

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