The Ames-Whitbeck Good Fairy Fund

What is the Good Fairy Fund?

DC’s Different Drummers is committed to being a community band where any and all people can work together to make music and have fun.  Everyone brings to the organization their time, talent and treasure.  We all bring these three items in varying amounts but all are equally valuable and necessary to the band.  In order to facilitate full participation in the band, we are establishing a fund so that those with limited financial means can fully participate and contribute to the organization.  Two former members of DCDD dedicated many years of their time, talent, and treasure to the Band and we honor their example by naming the fund after them – Judy Ames and Laura Whitbeck.  Without their dedication and service, we would not be where we are today experiencing phenomenal growth and participation.

Why do we need a Fund?

At various times in our lives, we have all relied on friends or family to help us out.  Sometimes we even received assistance anonymously from a “good fairy”.  DCDD does not want money to hinder participation in concerts, trips, and other special events.  The fund will help facilitate participation by all members.

How do I tap into the Fund?

Any DCDD member in good standing may request financial assistance for band activities from the fund.  To request assistance, a member may contact the President of the Band or their section leader.  Assistance will be provided as funds are available and at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  A simple request form can be filled out so that we may keep records for audits of the Fund.

Do I have to pay the money back?

You may certainly contribute back into the Fund should your financial situation change.  We do not expect financial restitution.  However, we require that for every $25 dollars borrowed from the fund, the recipient will reimburse the Band with an hour of service.  We will frequently provide opportunities for members to volunteer their time to the Band with activities such as setup/take down of rehearsal space, concert setup, logistical support, and the other myriad of tasks needed to keep our increasingly larger organization running.

How do I contribute into the Fund?

We encourage our members who do have the financial resources to share with others to contribute to the Good Fairy Fund so that we might help become an even better, stronger organization.  Since DCDD is a 501(c)(3) organization, contributions may be considered fully tax deductible depending upon your tax status.  Contributions may be mailed to the DCDD mailbox in care of the Treasurer, or given to the President.  Please mark on your check the purpose of the contribution.  We will also accept donations through the DCDD web page.

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Ready to Apply?

Please click this link: Apply for Good Fairy Fund.

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Home for the Holidays

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 3:00 PM

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

 

DC’s Different Drummers presents…
Our FREE Holiday Concert & Food Drive, featuring the Capitol Pride Symphonic Band, DC Swing! and small ensembles.
 
Non-Perishable Food and Travel-Sized Toiletry Donations Welcomed, to Benefit ‘Food and Friends’ (www.FoodAndFriends.org) which is a nonprofit that delivers food and and provides nutritional assistance to people living with HIV and other serious illnesses.
 
 
ALL Are Welcome.

D.C.'s Different Drummers is a very active organization. Our multiple ensembles perform multiple engagements throughout the National Capital Region all through the calendar year. These activates require a lot of expenses, including rehearsal space, instrument rental and repair, advertising, insurance, and traveling expenses, to name but a few. Support from our community partners and donors is essential to the continued operation and growth of our organization.

D.C.’s Different Drummers is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. There are numerous options available interested patrons can support our organization. Your support empowers all members of our musical community to perform with PRIDE! We thank you for your generous contribution. See you at a performance soon!

Ames-Whitebeck Good Fairy Fund

Our organization seeks to insure that money does not keep anyone from participating in the D.C.’s Different Drummers’ performances and community activities. Contributors may designate donations be made to the D.C.’s Different Drummers’ Ames-Whitebeck Good Fairy Fund for this purpose. Named for two former members that dedicated many years of service to our organization, this fund allows members of limited means to participate in our organization. Qualifying members may request funds to assist with their obligations on membership dues, uniforms, traveling for performances, and other expenditures.  Participating members are obligated to make up their benefiting from the Good Fairy Fund via the performance of service hours to benefit the D.C.’s Different Drummers. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DCDD Donation Form

Cash Donations

D.C.’s Different Drummers welcomes one-time or multiple tax-deductible cash donations from our generous patrons.  These donations will go towards the D.C.’s Different Drummers general operating fund. This fund supports all DCDD musical groups and supplements our revenue from ticket sales and membership dues.  Donors will be recognized in our programs and other D.C.’s Different Drummers literature with the following designations:  

  • Friends of DCDD: $100-249
  • Drummer's Circle: $250-499
  • Conductor's Circle: $500-999
  • Founder's Circle: $1,000 & greater

Jon Sims Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts (JSEF) 

D.C.’s Different Drummers is a proud participant in the Jon Sims Endowment Fund. For more information on donating to our endowment, please contact the D.C.’s Different Drummers development team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Combined Federal Campaign

D.C.’s Different Drummers are proud participants in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the workplace-giving program of the U.S. Federal Government. Our CFC number is 93755.  The donation period generally goes each year from November 15th to the end of the calendar year. More information on donations can be found at the CFC website (www.cfcnca.org) or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Grants and Other Large Donations

D.C.’s Different Drummers frequently seeks and receives grants for our community work. If you have any referrals for grants and other sources of revenue, please contact the D.C.’s Different Drummers development team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact Us

For more information on opportunities to support the D.C.’s Different Drummers, please contact our development team.

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Brother, Help Thyself

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For more than 30 years, Brother, Help Thyself has supported D.C.’s Different Drummers’ mission through grants utilized in the purchase of instruments, uniforms, and equipment, support to those members of DCDD who needed financial assistance, and providing free-admission benefit concerts supporting Washington, DC-area HIV/AIDS organizations.  We are grateful for their support & look forward to a continued, long-lasting relationship.

Visit Amazon Smile Today!

Amazon Smile

 

Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support D.C.’s Different Drummers every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll be able to access Amazon’s same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to D.C.’s Different Drummers.

How do I shop at Amazon Smile?

To shop at Amazon Smile, simply go to smile.amazon.com and log-in to your Amazon account. You may also want to add a bookmark to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at Amazon Smile.

When prompted to select a charitable organization, enter a search for: “DCS Different Drummers”

  • Friend of DCDD

    Donations of $100 - $249

  • Drummer's Circle

    Donations of $250 - $499

  • Conductor's Circle

    Donations of $500 - $999

  • Founder's Circle

    Donations of $1,000 and greater

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 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; for individuals interested in joining one or more of our ensembles, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or submit an online inquiry.

DCDD Executive Board

Larry Wile

President
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Keith Glaeske

Treasurer
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Adam Sulewski

Vice President
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Meredith Carpenter

Secretary
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DCDD Board of Directors

Kate Becker

Board Member at Large
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Kacie Everett

Board Member at Large
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Matthew Fuhrhop

Community Board Member
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Pablo Moulden

Board Member at Large
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Travis Gettinger

Board Member at Large
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Community Board Member
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DCDD Ensemble Directors

Anthony Oakley

Director, Capitol Pride Symphonic Band
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Beth Smith

Assistant Director, Capitol Pride Symphonic Band
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Cornelius Young

Director, DC Swing!
Director, 2nd Independence
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Charles Roth

Director, DCDD Marching Band
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Jeremy Vera

Assistant Director, DCDD Marching Band
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DCDD Staff

Rick Stewart

Librarian
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Kerry Jones

Webmaster
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Join

Join Us Today!

We have three large ensembles. The Capitol Pride Symphonic Band and DC Swing! start their rehearsal seasons in either the beginning of the year or after the summer. Marching Band starts in the late spring, but it's never a bad time to join one of our music ensembles. 

Click the button to sign up and we will contact you shortly.

Request Online Access

Need Member Access to DCDD?

DCDD members who have paid their dues or enrolled in the Good Fairy Fund (financial assistance program) each get a dcdd.org Microsoft Office account, which includes email, calendar, documents and cloud storage.

Use the Account Access Request Form to acquire your new DCDD Microsoft account. 

 

For IT support please email our help desk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have any questions about dues or financial assistance, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have not paid your dues or enrolled in the Good Fairy Fund, please do so below under "Band Membership Dues".

Member Login

Members Log In Here

Login here with your DCDD.org username and password, or go directly to "outlook.office.com".

The following information, which can be found on the Membership Portal site, is available only after you are logged into your dcdd.org Microsoft Office account. 

Information

Band Membership Dues

Dues for participation in DCDD allow you to join in as many of our ensembles as you like for one price. Our dues cycle runs from August through July of each fiscal year. Questions about dues may be directed to the Treasurer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The new dues rates for FY 2018-2019 were set at the budget meeting of the Board of Directors for DCDD on July 24th, 2018 and announced to the organization on July 26, 2018. Once you pay dues, your are considered a voting member and are encouraged to attend all board meetings. They are good for one year only.

 

 

Standard Member

$175
Good Fairy Fund Information

Financial Assistance Available!

Financial constraints should not stop anyone from participating in DCDD. We assist members who have need by offering payment plans or the opportunity to volunteer and work off dues through the Good Fairy Fund.  Please click on the button titled Good Fairy Fund Information to learn more!

Sign Up to Volunteer

GET INVOLVED!

Do you want to Volunteer and be the backbone of DC's Different Drummers success?


Then check out the Volunteering Portal on Microsoft 365 and sign up today!

Members must be logged into your dcdd.org Microsoft Office account (portal.office.com) to access this section of the Membership Portal. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance if you're having trouble logging in.


Non-Member Volunteers

If you are not a DCDD dues paying member but would still like to volunteer then that's fabulous! Thank you so much for expressing interest in helping us. We have opportunities just for you!

Click on the links to the volunteer sign-up sheets below and you can join our volunteer force today!

  • •   Marching Band Volunteering (Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • •   Community Outreach Events Volunteering
  •    Ensemble Concerts Volunteering
Submit Feedback

Anonymous Feedback

CLICK HERE for the Membership Anonymous Feedback Form if you are a dues paying member (ideas, suggestions, concerns, complaints, etc).

Feedback is crucial for any organization to maintain transparency, accountability and integrity. It is also promotes success via innovation and creativity. Your opinions, perspectives, concerns and ideas DO make a difference and will be reviewed.

 

You must be logged into your dcdd.org Microsoft Office account (portal.office.com). Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance if you're having trouble logging in.

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

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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