So I can't think of a better way to kick-off the post-Intersections blogging than with the group that helped wrapped up the festival, DC's Different Drummers, with one of their ensemble groups, DC Swing!
As is my style, I won't try to say anything that isn't better said already:
In addition to creating fine music, our goals are to have fun, play with pride, work together, and educate others. Although we have differing backgrounds, experiences, talents and abilities, we share the goal of excellence in music.I can say, from what I heard at the closing Tea Dance party, they certainly seem to be accomplishing their goals.
Here's another clip of their Marching Band participating in last week's DC Pride parade:
So definitely check out their website for more info, and like them on Facebook!
If you're interested in participating, check out each ensemble for instructions on how to contact 'em. And if you're particularly interested in DCDD's Marching Band, they've got an open house coming up April 9th, so mark your calendar.
Also if you're interested in seeing an upcoming performance, mark March 31st on your calendar as well. Their Capital Pride Symphonic Band and Capital Pride Wind Ensemble will be at the Columbia Heights Education Campus for their spring concert, My Favorite Things!.
You can also keep track of them through two of our wonderful, local LGBT publications, Metro Weekly with the DCDD tag (I think there might be others, but this is the most recent one I found), as well as Washington Blade's DC Different Drummers tag.
And if you ever want to really get to know an organization, get to know the leadership. I actually got to meet Matt Swearman, DCDD's president, at last Sunday's tea dance (can't believe it's already been a week), and WB's Joey DiGuglielmo did a piece profiling Matt last November, so definitely check out Queerty: Matt Swearman.
Also, hoping to get in touch with some of the musicians, as well as their special guest conductor, former Artistic Director, K. Scott Barker for the concert on the 31st, so keep an eye out for more blogs about this wonderful local community musical organization.
- J Street Jr