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
Main Page Slides
Straight Down the Road
Straight down the middle of the road, the DCDD Marching Band show impressive technique during the DC Pride Parade.
Let's Start the Show
This is the view only members get to see just seconds before the Capitol Pride Symphonic Band starts its concert.
Wall of Trumpets
The trumpet section of DC Swing! shows their best side during their fall concert.
Stand and Blow
The DCDD Marching Band revs the crowd up during a performance at the DC Pride Festival.
Sprading the Joy
DC Swing! rocks some carols during a holiday concert.
Riding the Range
The Capitol Pride Symphonic Band shows intense concentration while playing the Cowboys Overture by John Williams.
Ready to Drum
The drumline for the DCDD Marching Band kicks back for a selfie before the Palisades 4th of July parade.
Spicing up Shaw's Tavern
2nd Independence spices up the usual fare at Shaw's tavern during their fall concert.
Merry and Bright
Project Lightbulb spreads the joy during a holiday concert crawl, visiting many areas of DC with musical cheer.
Waving to the Public
When DCDD's Marching Band is this close to the public at the DC Pride Parade, you have to respond.
Capitol Pride Symphonic Band Open House 2018
Monday, January 15 | 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 E Capitol St NE
Washington, DC 20003
This will be the first rehearsal of the 2018-19 Season for DCDD's Capitol Pride Symphonic Band. If classical, symphonic band repertoire interests you, then this is the ensemble for you! Come learn more information about our organization! Rehearsal will be held in the basement level Parish Hall at LCOR.
On March 10th, 2018, D.C.’s Different Drummers presented a panel in partnership with the Maryland Music Educators Association at their 2018 annual convention in Baltimore, Maryland. The panel regarded LGBTQ+ students in music education. D.C.’s Different Drummers panelists presented to over 30 Maryland music educators and described 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” seeked to ensure Maryland music educators better understand issues specific to LGBT students, and how they can work to better…
DCDD is pleased to welcome Charles Roth as the new Artistic Director of the DCDD Marching Band. Charles, a native of Dayton, Ohio, graduated from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio with a B.A. in Music Education. He is a sought after director, clinician, and…
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?
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