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The Believers Concert Band


The Believers Concert Band is a diverse group with a common interest - music. The band was founded in 2002 by Dr. Lee Martin and co-founders, Bill Clements, Dr. John Darden, Muryle Shoemaker, and Richard Petty. The group has grown from five people with an interest in forming a community band to the current group of fifty-five talented musicians.

The membership includes middle, high school and college students, and adults who have not played an instrument since they were high school students. There are five beginners, who at age 60+ decided to learn an instrument. The majority of the members are from GFUMC and others come from area churches. We are all united in Christian principles.

The goals of the Believers Concert Band state that we use music to bring glory to God, our church and families, and bring joy to each other as we refresh the spirits of those that hear us. We want to extend an opportunity to others to play with us and join the fun! Providing support among our members is also an important mission.

Our musical repertoire includes sacred, gospel, swing, rock and roll, pop, light classical and show tunes. Playing a variety of music keeps interest high, both among members and audience. We welcome suggestions from our listeners.

The conductor, Richard Petty, is a former high school band director. He earned bachelor and master degrees from Murray State University and taught for nine years. His band competed and traveled from Chicago to Miami and represented the state of Kentucky in Washington, D.C., at the inaugural parade of President Lyndon Johnson.

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The Empty Chair

remembering those who have gone before us...

Using Music as a Vehicle to Have Fun

Refresh the Spirits of the Players

Refresh the Spirits of the Listeners

Give to the Community

Enjoy Christian Fellowship

News from The Believers Band

Welcome Back To The Believers Band 2016

As I look forward to a new year, I again review our Goals - Are they still relevant?

Using Music as a Vehicle to Have Fun
Refresh the Spirits of the Players
Refresh the Spirits of the Listeners

Because the band has such a wide range of abilities, musical interests and numerous talents, the question seems to me, "How are we going to keep everyone's interest if we only play the black spots on the page?" It's not likely that Sibelis ever expected the 10,000 orchestras or bands that have played his Finlandia to play it exactly the same or exactly like it is written. We must use music to reach a goal, NOT play music to see if we can play a song like some 10,000 others have.

As we interpret the composer's music, the feelings and intentions that a composer put on paper often times just "jump out to you." We can feel the stress, the humor, the anxiety and the sorrow. The music gives us a release as the chords pass from one section of the band to another. As we play the notes and feel the music, the audience also picks up the emotions of the composer.

Give to the Community

As we look around us and see the need to lift the spirits of others and in turn we know that we have that ability within our grasp - we should give of our talents. As we listen to the uncertainties and struggles around us - we need to provide as much relief as we can for our community.

Enjoy Christian Fellowship

Sometimes there are very few places a fellow Christian can go and expect to be treated with the Golden Rule. Being with others who are friendly, neighborly and caring is needed fellowship.

As I reflect on our goals, I see that they continue to be worthy. In 2016 I look forward to sharing these goals with all of those influenced by the Believers Band's positive attitude.

Looking forward to a fantastic 2016!

Richard L. Petty


Ron Evans as Sousa

2014 Spring Concert

Thanks to Jimmy Adams and Ron Foster
for the recordings