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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Capitol Pride Symphonic Band Open House 2018

Monday, August 20 | 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 E Capitol St NE
Washington, DC 20003

There’s never a bad time to join DC’s Different Drummers! Our Fall 2018 concert band open house is on August 20th. All are welcome to come join us! 

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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! This season's repertoire, entitled "Beyond our World", theme is space which will feature music from The Planets by Holst and Star Trek. Come learn more information about our organization!  Rehearsal will be held in the basement level Parish Hall at LCOR.

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Recent News

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…

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?

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