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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Featured Items

DCDD Does Drag 8

DC's Different Drummers will be hosting our 8th annual drag show on October 22nd: DCDD Does Drag 8: the GREATEST Show on Earth!  

Drag kings & queens from our ranks will be gracing the stage to raise money for the National Capital Region's LGBT community band.  We are honored to have local Drag Queen Sylvanna Duvel as our MC.  

Come one, come all!! 💄💋🤡🎉🎈👠👜👑

$10 donation at the door is encouraged.

More information is available on our Facebook page.

DC Swing is Back

DC’s Different Drummers proudly announces DC Swing!’s autumn debut, on October 29th, at Mr. Henry’s, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, at 3:00 p.m.

DC Swing! is back better than ever this autumn with a great repertoire of jazz and swing.  All are welcome to join us for an afternoon of great music with the National Capital Region's LGBT band organization.

Performance is on the 2nd floor, with food service starting at 12:30 pm.  No tickets; suggested donation at the door.

More information is available on our Facebook page.

Latest Events

Sun Oct 22 @12:00AM
DCDD Does Drag VIII
Mon Oct 23 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
DCDD CPSB Rehearsal
Wed Oct 25 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
DC Swing! Rehearsal
Sun Oct 29 @ 3:00PM - 04:00PM
DC Swing! Gig
Mon Oct 30 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
DCDD CPSB Rehearsal

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?