The Believers Concert Band


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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  

Dear Supporters of the Believers Band,


As we wrap up a terrific season I realize that it was only terrific because of the tremendous encouragement from those that support us and our band members commitment that made things happen and made the season special.

I am very pleased that you have made the decision to join the band or to follow our progress. 

Seldom, over the years of developing the Believers Concert Band program have I received as many personal comments about how the audience has appreciated our efforts.    Band members have  made the commitment to be in regular attendance and work hard to prepare their music.  Hopefully we are meeting the musical needs of many in our community.

As we take a well deserved rest before we return to rehearsals, please mark your calendars for our Veterans "They That Serve" Concert, on Sunday afternoon, November 9, at GFUMC.  I do hope that you will plans to attend.

The band has been a labor of love for over thirteen years.  We will do our best to continue to bring you a variety of music for your enjoyment. 

Thanks again for your playing, listening and support.

Richard L. Petty

The Believers Band

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Ron Evans as Sousa

2014 Spring Concert

Thanks to Jimmy Adams and Ron Foster
for the recordings