DCDD Marching Band

The Different Drummers’ Marching Band is our organization’s first established and most visible ensemble. The group encompasses marching woodwinds, brass, percussion, along with a traditional color guard.  Our marching band performs annually in the Washington D.C.'s Capital Pride Parade and Pride Festival along with numerous other East Coast Pride engagements including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Hope, and many more. Different Drummers partners with TeamDC and performs annually through the summer "Night Out" series including performances at D.C. United soccer games and the National baseball games.  The Different Drummers also marched in the 2009 and 2013 Inaugural Parades with the Lesbian and Gay Band Association, the first LGBT contingents to participate in this seminal American parade. Our ensemble frequently performs informal on-the-spot concerts in Washington, D.C. as well, and periodically at private events.
We welcome all musical skill sets to this ensemble.  
The Different Drummers’ marching band holds rehearsals from spring through the summer, on Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Our usual rehearsal venue is at 1st and N Streets, SE, adjacent to National’s Stadium at Navy Yard, along with one weekend band camp retreat.  Interested individuals should contact D.C.’s Different Drummers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Click here to book the ensemble for an event.

DC Capital Pride 2018

DC Capital Pride 2011

Baltimore Pride 2018

La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz (arr. Casey Watts)

Palisades Parade 2018


Charles Roth, Director

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 studio director for many schools in the Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, and D.C. metro areas. Charles has been an active part of the marching band scene since 2000 as a performer, section leader, staff member, and director with multiple high school programs.  In addition, he also marched in the Miami University Marching Band. Charles assisted both show and competition band styles and led schools to consistent superior ratings in competitions and performances around the country.

Charles is also an avid performer. He participated in many collegiate and community ensembles as a saxophonist and woodwind specialist.  Beyond band, he also performed vocally in several university and community choruses, men’s ensembles, theater performances, and show choirs.  In 2007, he was selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association Conference National Honor Choir held in Miami, Florida.  Charles is currently a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, and National Association for Music Education. 

Charles resides just outside of DC, in Northern Virginia where he currently teaches instrumental music.  In his spare time, Charles enjoys playing community sports including softball, volleyball, and recently, flag football.  He values making time for family, friends, and community.

Charles has enjoyed his first marching band season so far and looks forward to continuing our legacy for the rest of the season and future seasons to come. If you’re interested in joining D.C.’s Different Drummers, go to the “Contact Us” section of our website & fill out our online form.  Stay tuned for more updates on all our ensembles’ performance schedules.

Jeremy Vera, Assistant Director

Jeremy Vera has been an active musician in DC’s Different Drummers since 2010 where he plays French Horn in the Symphonic Band and Mellophone in the Marching Band. Jeremy loves marching and participating in parades and has been Assistant Director of the DCDD Marching Band since 2015. Jeremy received his B.S. from Arizona State University, where he studied Urban Planning. Prior to moving to DC, Jeremy served in Peace Corps in Guatemala and is co-founder of the Orquesta Juvenil de Santa Ana Huista in Guatemala, a nationally recognized youth orchestra employing 5 local instructors, and currently has over 50 young musicians.
Jeremy has also participated in LGBA for the Presidential Inaugural Parade (2013). Outside of his music world Jeremy works as Operations Manager in a local public charter school, and enjoys working on house projects in his older home that he shares with his partner and the occasional foster child or hosted foreign exchange student.