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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

Sounds of Victory - Veterans Concert

As I prepare the band for our annual Veterans Concert, I can't help but think about how many of the Veterans we played for last year who will not be here this year to hear the concert and how many new veterans will be taking their place.

I joined the Army to be trained, ready and prepared in case I was called on to serve. My training and mind set were geared to WIN the battle. With winning there is a deserved sound of victory that is shared by the victor, the "Welcome Home Parades" with the flags waving, the people shouting and the bands playing. The sound of a nation saying "Thank You for your service, job well done."

Nothing makes the heart beat faster than a spirited march played by an energetic band. We consider it a privilege to play this Sounds of Victory Concert for our proud Veterans who have given so much to keep this great country free.

"Thank You Veterans!"

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