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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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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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 is looking forward to getting the DCDD Marching Band rehearsals underway in Spring 2018.  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.

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Mon Jan 22 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
DCDD CPSB Rehearsal
Wed Jan 24 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
DC Swing! Rehearsal
Mon Jan 29 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
DCDD CPSB Rehearsal
Wed Jan 31 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
DC Swing! Rehearsal
Mon Feb 05 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
DCDD CPSB Rehearsal

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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?