Our History

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 Founding 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.

Read more with Q&A with Richard Petty

Founders (left to right): Bill Clements, Dr. Lee Martin, Muryle Shoemaker, Richard Petty, Sue Tibbets, Dr. John Darden