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 125 people with ensembles that cover classical, jazz, contemporary, marching music, and winter guard. 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 Symphonic Band (CPSB), the Marching Band, Jazz Band 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

Salvatore Boenzi

Salvatore Boenzi

Vice President

Amy Hirst

Amy Hirst

Secretary

Keith Glaeske, Ph.D

Keith Glaeske, Ph.D

Treasurer

 

Board of Directors

Tim Schmeling

Tim Schmeling

Member at Large

Scott Griffin

Scott Griffin

Community Member

Rick Woleslagle

Rick Woleslagle

Member at Large

Derek Smith

Derek Smith

Community Member

Joel Steyer

Joel Steyer

Member at Large

Aditi Dussault

Aditi Dussault

Past President

Lydia Homovich

Lydia Homovich

Member at Large

DCDD Staff


Ensemble Directors

Anthony Conto Oakley

Anthony Conto Oakley

Director

Symphonic Band
Charles Roth

Charles Roth

Director

Marching Band

Jonathan Villegas

Jonathan Villegas

Assistant Director

Symphonic Band

Andy Schlaf

Andy Schlaf

Assistant Director

Marching Band

Travis Gettinger

Travis Gettinger

Director

Jazz Band
Antares Leask

Antares Leask

Director

Color Guard

Vacant

Vacant

Assistant Director

Jazz Band

Administrative Staff

Rick Stewart

Rick Stewart

Librarian

 
Paul Martin

Paul Martin

Webmaster

DCDD Committees


Development Committee: Sean Casey & Dorian Hawkins

Logistics & Production Committee: 

Membership Committee – Events: Tim Schmeling

Membership Committee – Recruitment: Abby Berman

Publicity Committee: Charlotte Volpe

Technology Committee: Bryan Biesecker

Inclusivity Committee: Ben Cox

Our Supporting Partners


Interested in becoming a DCDD Business Partner?
Contact our Development Team today!

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

Pride Bands Alliance Logo      Team DC Logo      Capital Pride logo  

The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area

DCDD is #93755

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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