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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Marching Band Camp 2018
DC's Different Drummers' annual marching band camp where we come together in Pride to learn about music, drills and our band mates.
Brass and Percussion 2017
The brass and percussion section of the Capitol Pride Symphonic Band in concert.
Groovin', Soulin', and Swingin'
DCDD's jazz ensemble DC Swing! in their spring concert performance.
Capitol Pride Symphonic Band 2017
The Capitol Pride Symphonic Band in concert under the direction of Anthony Oakley.
Color Guard at Palisades
DCDD Marching Band's color guard in a flurry of red and white for the 2018 Palisades 4th of July Parade.
A Merry Band of Brass
DCDD marching band's brass section pleasing the crowds.
Straight Down the Road
DCDD Marching Band showing impressive technical prowess.
Wall of Trombones
The Capitol Pride Symphonic Band's trombone section in concert.
Capital Pride 2018
DCDD's marching band in DC's 2018 Capital Pride Parade (photo courtesy of the Washington Blade).
Night OUT at the Nationals 2018
DC Cheer and DCDD Marching Band together at Team DC's Night OUT at the Nationals.
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
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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