Fairchild is in his thirty-fifth year as professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He is Chair of the Department of Fine Arts, and has served as director of bands and orchestral activities, music education specialist, and instructor of horn. Before assuming his present position in 1970, he taught music in the Illinois public school system. Fairchild has served as Musical Director and Conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Platteville Summer Music Festival, the Wisconsin Faculty Brass and Percussion Ensemble, The American Trust Concert Band, and the Tri-State Pops Orchestra Ensemble. For twelve years he served as director of the University of Wisconsin Marching Pioneers. He is the founder of the Brass Ring Brass Quintet, and conductor of the Rountree Chamber Ensemble and Pioneer Brass Choir.
Fairchild is active as a guest clinician, conductor, and adjudicator for thousands of middle-level, high school and college students yearly. He is an adjudicator and clinician for Music In the Parks. In addition, he served as director of the UW-Platteville Pioneer Summer Music Camp for 31 years.
Fairchild served two terms as the College and University Chair for the Wisconsin School Music Association. He is active as a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Wisconsin School Music Association, National Band Association, Wisconsin Youth Band Directors Association, International Horn Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia men's professional music fraternity , and as advisor to the UW-Platteville chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota women's professional music fraternity. He also has been active in establishing university exchange programs in Europe and most recently China.
As a performer, Mr. Fairchild is involved in scores of professional horn and trumpet performances. His versatile background has afforded him opportunities to perform with numerous symphonies and many nationally known artists. He has recorded chamber music on the Music-Minus One, Composers Recordings Incorporated and Heliotrope labels.
In addition to teaching horn at UW-Platteville, his duties include classes in advanced conduction, orchestration and arranging, and music appreciation, both in the traditional classroom setting and as part of the Distance Education program. He has been a contributing editor for the last five editions of the Roger Kamien "Music: An Appreciation" E-text used at UW-Platteville.