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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

Spring Concert - April 23, 2017 - Coming Soon!

young cowboysThank you again for supporting our annual Cowboys Concert held on February 12th and bringing your children and grandchildren to participate. They had a great time in the instrument “petting zoo” before the concert and it was such a joy seeing their faces and sharing in their excitement as they joined us on stage for two songs. The audience always seems to enjoy wearing their best cowboy and cowgirl duds. Your response to this annual event seems to grow every year and it encourages us to continue to do our best.

We hope you took advantage of the photo opportunities provided with the saddles and other cowboy props displayed in the gathering room. We’d like to express a special thanks to Jack Carrington who did a great job as our MC for the program.

We are planning a great Spring Concert you won’t want to miss. It will be held on Sunday, April 23rd at 3:00PM in the Gainesville First United Methodist Church sanctuary. Please mark your calendars now.

Thank you again for your continued support of The Believers Concert Band. Any tax deductible donations can be sent to North Georgia Community Foundation or by clicking on the “Give” button above.

Larry F. Preiss

Ron Evans as Sousa

The Believers Concert Band