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

Larry Wile

Larry Wile

President

Adam Sulewski

Adam Sulewski

Vice President

Keith Glaeske

Keith Glaeske

Treasurer

Meredith Carpenter

Meredith Carpenter

Secretary

 

Board of Directors

Kate Becker

Kate Becker

Member at Large

Kacie Everett

Kacie Everett

Member at Large

Travis Gettinger

Travis Gettinger

Member at Large

Pablo Moulden

Pablo Moulden

Member at Large

Matthew Fuhrhop

Matthew Fuhrhop

Community Member

Bruce Herr

Bruce Herr

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: Sean Casey*

Logistics & Production Committee: Travis Gettinger*

Membership Committee: Kate Becker*

Publicity Committee: Adam Sulewski*

Technology Committee: Pablo Moulden*

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