D.C.'s Different Drummers is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender music organization welcoming ALL musicians as it fosters pride, inclusivity, and engagement with the greater Washington, D.C. region through music.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. 
Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. 

— Henry David Thoreau

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Join a DCDD Band!

Our larger ensembles, Concert Band and DC Swing, start their rehearsal seasons in either the beginning of the year or after the summer while Marching Band starts in the late spring, but it's never a bad time to join one of our music ensembles. 

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Support the Band!

As a non-profit organization, we are always looking for support from our community to fund our concerts and keep membership fees from being a burden to prospective members. Supporters can sponsor music and equipment purchases, or donate to our general fund.

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D.C.'s Different Drummers welcomes you to join us for this free concert in celebration of the holiday season. Our ensembles DC Swing!, the Capital Pride Wind Ensemble, and several small ensembles will share a stimulating performance of newer pieces and old favorites.  All in the National Capital Region are welcome to join us.


D.C.'s Different Drummers encourages you to bring non-perishable food items to our concert in support of Food and Friends, a DC-based non-profit which cares for individuals with life-challenging illnesses (including HIV/AIDS and cancer) by delivering specialized meals and groceries, and providing nutrition counseling.  We have held this canned drive for many years and are proud to continue the tradition in support of this very worthy cause.  You can learn more about Food and Friends at www.FoodAndFriends.org.


D.C.'s Different Drummers will also be hosting a baked goods sale at this concert, raising money to benefit our ensembles all year long.


For more information, please visit our Facebook event page.


Holiday Concert and Food Drive

December 10th, 3:00 p.m.

Church of the Reformation


212 E.Capital Street, NE, Washington, DC

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Mon Dec 04 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
Wed Dec 06 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
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Sun Dec 10 @ 3:00PM - 05:00PM
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About Us

D.C.'s Different Drummers started in 1980 with 7 musicians who got together in an apartment in DC to play through some books of college fight songs. The first song played by the band was On Wisconsin.

Today our membership is over 150 people with ensembles that cover classical, jazz,
contemporary, and marching music. We play all over the DC metro region.

Most of our ensembles are non-audition. Many of our members hadn't picked up an
instrument in decades, so everyone is encouraged to join.

After all, if you're out of the closet shouldn't your instrument be as well?