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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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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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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Featured Items

DC’s Different Drummers’ Capital Pride Symphonic Band is proud to present a night of great music, focusing our repertoire on the set of human movement: dance. Dance & Music have long been coupled to enhance one another, across all eras & styles. In our Spring 2018 Concert, all are welcome to join us for a repertoire pieces evoking many aspects of the art of dance.

On March 10th, 2018, D.C.’s Different Drummers will present a panel in partnership with the Maryland Music Educators Association regarding LGBT students in music education. D.C.’s Different Drummers panelists will present to Maryland music educators and describe their positive and negative experiences growing up LGBT in their school bands and orchestras across the United States. The panel “LGBT Alphabet Soup . . . An Open and Honest Discussion on the Topic for the Music Teacher” seeks to ensure Maryland music educators better understand issues specific to LGBT students, and how they can work to better facilitate and encourage their music education. 

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Latest Events

Mon Feb 26 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
DCDD CPSB Rehearsal
Wed Feb 28 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
DC Swing! Rehearsal
Sat Mar 03 @ 9:30AM - 04:00PM
DCDD CPSB All-Day Rehearsal
Mon Mar 05 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
DCDD CPSB Rehearsal
Wed Mar 07 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
DC Swing! Rehearsal

DCDD Business Partners

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?