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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

Calling all Cowboys and Cowgirls!

There is something romantic about the west and in particular, the "Cowboy."  Last year we presented our first "Cowboy Concert".  The band dressed in their cowboy outfits as did many of the audience and had fun together - it was a huge success. 

This year we are again inviting everyone to wear their favorite cowboy gear and join in the  fun.  We have added a little something different this year - the audience will be invited to actually sit in the band, as we play a selection.  The audience can "sit in" with the band and get the view and sound of the concert from inside the band itself.  You will be surprised at the difference from the performer's perspective and the audience's. 

An instrument demonstration will be presented at 6:45 PM prior to the start of the concert - come and beat a drum.  The FREE concert, Tuesday evening, May 17, starts at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary of the Gainesville First United Methodist Church on Thompson Bridge Road. We hope to see you there.

Put on your cowboy outfits, invite your neighbors and friends to the Believers Concert Band's Cowboy Concert.  We will play a wide variety of music froRawhide, The Cowboys, Ghost Riders In the Sky, The Magnificent Seven, the Grand Canyon Suite and more.  

Get a long little doggies. Yippee-ki-yay!

Richard L. Petty


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The Believers Concert Band