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.
Come Join Us, Hope to see you at rehearsal !
The Believers Concert Bandclick on music selection to listen.
Thanks to Jimmy Adams
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
Swingin' 50 Plus
On Monday evening, June 24th, the place to be will be at the Fifty Plus Dinner and gathering. The Sentimental Journey Jazz and Swing Band will be providing the entertainment featuring music from the Big Band Era to present day.
Swing is a form of American music that developed in the early 1930s and became a distinctive style by 1940. The swing style of the big bands was the dominant form of American popular music from 1935 to 1946, a period known as the Swing Era.
The program will feature vocalists Kari Martin and Harold Westbrook along with feature instrumentalist Barbara Bohannon and Warren Almond on trumpet and Richard Hunt and Richard Petty on trombone. Percussionist Jerry Brady will be featured playing Benny Goodman's famous Sing, Sing, Sing.
A good time will be available for all who attend.
I hope to see you there.
Richard L. Petty
If you play an instrument, or did once before, and love music, we would love to have you join us.