About D.C.’s Different Drummers

“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

Mission: 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.

D.C.’s Different Drummers started in 1980 with 7 musicians who got together in an apartment in Washington, DC, to play through some books of college fight songs. The first song played by the band was “On Wisconsin!”. Today our membership is well over 100 people with ensembles that cover classical, jazz, contemporary, and marching music. We play all over the DC metro region, and we draw membership from the LGBT community and their supporters in the National Capital Region while striving to create music and fellowship.

We currently host the Capitol Pride Symphonic Band (CPSB), the DCDD Marching Band, DC Swing!, and multiple small ensembles. All of our ensembles hold numerous performances of every size and genre throughout the calendar year. Most of our ensembles are non-audition and some of our members have not 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?

D.C. Different Drummers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music organization incorporated in the District of Columbia, and a participant in the Jon Sims Endowment Fund. We are founding members of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association, proud members of TeamDC, and Pride Partners of the Capital Pride Alliance.

For general inquiries on D.C.’s Different Drummers, please contact us here.  For individuals interested in joining one or more of our ensembles, please contact membership.

DCDD Leadership


Executive Officers

Meredith Carpenter

Meredith Carpenter

President

 
Adam Sulewski

Adam Sulewski

Vice President

 
Charlotte Volpe

Charlotte Volpe

Secretary

 
Keith Glaeske

Keith Glaeske

Treasurer

 

Board of Directors

Kate Becker

Kate Becker

Member at Large

 
Kacie Everett

Kacie Everett

Member at Large

 
Travis Gettinger

Travis Gettinger

Member at Large

 
Ben Cox

Ben Cox

Member at Large

 
Matthew Fuhrhop

Matthew Fuhrhop

Community Member

 
Larry Wile

Larry Wile

Past President

 

DCDD Staff


Ensemble Directors

Anthony Oakley

Anthony Oakley

Director

Capitol Pride Symphonic Band
Beth Smith

Beth Smith

Assistant Director

Capitol Pride Symphonic Band
Cornelius Young

Cornelius Young

Director

DC Swing!
Charles Roth

Charles Roth

Director

DCDD Marching Band
Jeremy Vera

Jeremy Vera

Assistant Director

DCDD Marching Band

Administrative Staff

Rick Stewart

Rick Stewart

Librarian

 
Kerry Jones

Kerry Jones

Webmaster

 

DCDD Committees


Development Committee: Matthew Fuhrhop*

Logistics & Production Committee: Travis Gettinger*

Membership Committee: Kate Becker*

Publicity Committee: Adam Sulewski*

Technology Committee: Pablo Moulden*

Our Supporting Partners


Interested in becoming a DCDD Business Partner?
Contact our Development Team today!

D.C.'s Different Drummers is a proud member of the following organizations.

LGBA-org      Team DC Logo      Capital Pride logo  

The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area

DCDD is #93755

To join D.C.'s Different Drummers visit our "Join" page.
For more information, contact us or write/call:
DCDD - PO Box 57099 - Washington, DC 20037-0099 Phone: 202-403-3669
D.C.'s Different Drummers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music organization incorporated in the District of Columbia.

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