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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

flyer believersband vetcon2015It was a pleasant surprise returning from the summer break to find seven new players attending  rehearsal, three trumpets, two flutes, a tenor/alto saxophone and a baritone saxophone. All are excellent musicians and have made a positive contribution to the band from their first rehearsal with us.

The new players arrived just in time to join us for the In Honor of Those Who Serve Veterans Concert on Sunday afternoon, November 8, at 3:00 pm, in the sanctuary of Gainesville First United Methodist Church.  Like last year's concert, we will start the program with a spirited John Philip Sousa march followed with the playing/singing of The National Anthem.  Music of Irvin Berlin will be featured along with a special arrangement of American patriotic music.  The Veterans will be recognized with a pin, made especially for the Believers Band.  I do hope that you can make the concert.

On Thursday, November 19, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, we will perform for the Jingle Mingle event at Sweet Magnolias on the square in Gainesville.  This is always an energetic time playing familiar Christmas music and carols.

On December 6th, at Gainesville First United Methodist Church, our Sentimental Journey Jazz and Swing Band will perform for the reception following the always unique Christmas Is One Language Concert. 

That about wraps up 2015 for the Believers Band - except for two or three performances at assisted living and nursing homes during the Christmas holidays.  We are fortunate to have been able to share our music at twelve programs this year.  Each member of the band is thankful for your support.

Hopefully you have enjoyed the Believers Band experience as much as I have.  I look forward to seeing you at our events.


Ron Evans as Sousa

2014 Spring Concert

Thanks to Jimmy Adams and Ron Foster
for the recordings