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50-piece community band to perform April 17 at GFUMC
The Believers Band will perform its spring concert “Music for the Soul” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at Gainesville First United Methodist Church on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville. - photo by For Get Out

To celebrate the music of humanity, the Believers Concert Band will perform its annual spring concert titled “Music for the Soul.”

The 50-piece community concert band will play selections of popular, Broadway, patriotic and light classical tunes at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17. The free program will be at Gainesville First United Methodist Church, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road, in Gainesville.

“As I developed the selections for the program, I wanted to select music that had a past,” conductor and former high school band director Richard Petty said in a news release. “Music that people of former generations have kept alive, have shared and enjoyed. Music that has stood the test of time, in our hearts and minds.”

He said the musical selections will be dedicated to “the chief musician, Maschilas” of the Old Testament and continue to tunes of “Amazing Grace” plus songs from composers Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II and the Broadway musical “Annie.”

Joel Williams of WDUN will narrate the program. Featured soloists will include some well-known musicians from Northeast Georgia. 

The Believers Concert Band is a diverse group with a common interest — music. Founded in 2002, the band has grown from five to 55 musicians. Membership includes middle and high school and college students, as well as adults. The majority of members are from Gainesville First United Methodist Church and others are from area churches.

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