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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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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

Anticipating ANOTHER interesting season

Each year about this time, as we start back from vacation, I review our progress, anticipate new friendships and a lot of fun and I look forward to the new season.  I can't help but say a prayer of thanksgiving for the Band Founders Dr. Lee Martin, Bill Clements, Dr. Johnny Darden, Meryl Shumaker, Sue Tibbetts and myself.  Because of the founder's efforts and interest, we now have an outstanding ensemble.

As we prepare for the fall presentations, I look forward to participating in the worship service of "The Church Without Walls", Lakeside Worship, Sunday morning, September 14.  We will be playing some of my favorite hymns and will be accompanying an outstanding vocal ensemble from the choir.

The Veterans Concert, honoring all branches of service, will be on Sunday afternoon, November 9, and is always a favorite.  This year, in addition to patriotic music to honor our vets, we will include the sounds of the Big Band, sounds like "In The Mood", "Satin Doll", Sing, Sing, Sing" and maybe others, coming from our own Sentimental Journey Jazz and Swing Band.

Lighting the "Big Chicken" is always a fun time, playing Christmas music, "On the Square."  This year, the event will be on November 20.

As I think about the past performances, I think about the really "grand" audiences we have had.   They are grand because of how they welcome each song we play with warmth and enthusiasm.  Their response reminds me of why we play - our music is needed and appreciated.

Thank you band, for all you do to make life a little better for the Gainesville community and for me.

Looking forward to another fantastic season.

Richard L. Petty
The Believers Concert Band

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Ron Evans as Sousa

2014 Spring Concert

Thanks to Jimmy Adams and Ron Foster
for the recordings