About Us

James Lunsford and Jack Behrend were the band directors at Fairfax, Virginia’s James W. Robinson Secondary School from 1971 to 1980. But that doesn’t even begin to tell the story of how they were respected, feared and beloved by hundreds of students whose lives were enriched on the marching field and off.

A group of Robinson band alumni established the Lunsford/Behrend Scholarship Fund in 2006 after reuniting at a memorial service for James Lunsford, who died in late 2005. Jack Behrend died in 1986.

The scholarship has provided funding from 2007 to 2016 to deserving Robinson students to pursue higher education while staying involved in music.

2016 Board of Directors

John Oyhenart '77
President & Director
Bill Siegfried, '78
Vice President & Director
Lois (Coltrin) Douthitt, '76
Secretary/Treasurer & Director

Scholarship Candidate Selection Committee

Bill Hilbrink, former Robinson orchestra director
Jan Lunsford, wife of scholarship namesake James Lunsford and former Robinson chorus director
MUCM Roger Behrend, '75, Robinson alumnus, son of scholarship namesake Jack Behrend, and principal euphonium instrumentalist with the United States Navy Band