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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

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One Nation Under God Patriotic Celebration Concert

flagTwo hundred forty years ago, on July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were a new nation, the United States of America. In honor of our independence, The Believers Concert Band and the Gainesville First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir are proud to present, on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary of the GFUMC, our 2016 One Nation Under God Patriotic Celebration Concert. The concert is free.

After the Overture, With Honor and Pride, the Eagle Scouts of Troop 16 will present the Colors followed by the playing and singing of our National Anthem and the unison Pledge of Allegiance led by 1st Lieutenant Bonner Burton. All of the services will be honored with the playing and singing in a service medley along with other selections such as Irvin Berlin's Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor and God Bless America plus Homeward Bound, Battle Hymn of the Republic, John Philip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever and other stirring selections.

You are cordially invited to join in the celebration.

We hope to see you there.

Richard L. Petty

Ron Evans as Sousa

The Believers Concert Band