About DCDD

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

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?

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.  We began 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?
D.C.'s Different Drummers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music organization incorporated in the District of Columbia. We draw membership from the LGBT community and straight supporters in the National Capital Region, and strives to create music and fellowship.  Founded In 1980, D.C.’s Different Drummers has grown significantly in size and breadth; we currently host multiple ensembles, and hold numerous performances of every size and genre throughout the calendar year.  More information on specific ensembles can be found in the links below.
The D.C. Different Drummers is a participant in the Jon Sims Endowment Fund.  We are also proud members of TeamDC, founding members of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association, and are 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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Meredith Carpenter

Vice President
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Adam Sulewski

Secretary
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DCDD Board Members

Kate Becker

Board Member at Large
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Clifford Clapp

Board Member at Large
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Jim Palmer

Community Board Member
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Pablo Moulden

Board Member at Large
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Board Member at Large
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Will Denison

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

Annie Brown / Rick Stewart

Co-Librarians
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Kerry Jones

Webmaster
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