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  • 3 Octaves (C4 – C7) of Petit & Fritzen Handbells

    (on loan to Ring Sarasota) The sound of Petit & Fritsen handbells is very complex. Upon first hearing these Dutch bells, people are often reminded of tower bells. The unique sound of the Petit & Fritsens comes from their differences in both the bronze alloy and the casting profile, resulting in a unique combination of […]

  • 2 Octaves (C6 – C8) of Malmark Cymbells

    Designed by Malmark, Inc. these Cymbells simplify the ringing of melody lines, percussive patterns and ostinato. Authentic Malmark handbell castings mounted to a convenient rack. Each octave set contains 13 chromatic rack mounted castings, stand, and 2 mallets.

  • 5 Octaves (C3 – C8) of Malmark ChoirChimes in Port-a-Bell cases

    (3 octaves (C4 – C7) in memory of Sondra Thompson) Malmark’s Choirchimes resemble aluminum tuning forks with exterior clappers. The chime’s prongs vibrate like those of a tuning fork, while the long tube serves as both a resonating chamber and a handle. They produce very quiet overtones relative to their fundamental pitches, which is why […]

  • 3 Octaves (C4 – C7) of Schulmerich Handbells

    The group’s secondary instrument, spanning three octaves, is used for doublings and alternate handbell assignments. Manufactured by Schulmerich Carillons, Inc, of Sellersville, Pennsylvania, these bells are also cast in bronze, an alloy made of approximately 80 percent copper and 20 percent tin, polished inside and out, and black handles.

  • 5+ Octaves (C3 – C#8) Malmark Handbells in Port-a-Bell cases

    (given in memory of Sondra Thompson) Ring Sarasota’s primary instruments. Spanning from two octaves below Middle C to three octaves above Middle C, this 62-bell set was manufactured by Malmark, Inc., of Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania. The bells are cast in bronze, an alloy made of approximately 80 percent copper and 20 percent tin, with individual weights […]

  • Chris Sheppard

    Chris began ringing handbells after college, but was involved in music from an early age, singing in church choirs, community choirs, school choirs, and the Texas Lutheran College Concert Choir.  A trumpet player too, that can make for a busy Easter morning service singing, ringing, and trumpeting. He has played handbells, mostly bass buckets, for […]

  • Carolyn Schmidt

    Carolyn began her music career at age four by playing piano, choral accompanying followed at 14.  She received a Music Minor from Ithaca College. She currently plays with three handbell ensembles, plays piano and keyboard for a big band, a pipe and drum band, a church choir and two community choirs. She has her own […]

  • Robin Reich

    Robin is excited to return to Florida and to Ring Sarasota.  Handbells have been one of her passions for almost 50 years.  She also enjoys singing and creating handmade cards and jewelry.  Robin is employed by a software company as a procurement analyst.

  • Phyllis O’Keef

    Phyllis recently moved to Bradenton from North Carolina with her husband, who now pastors Roser Community Church, Anna Maria. As a music educator and church musician, she enjoys every aspect of music making: choral singing, church organist, pianist, accompanying, ringing, and directing children to adults. Her introduction to handbells was as a youth counselor with […]

  • Kyle Miller Wallace

    Kyle brings with her 20+ years of handbell ringing experience and directing. She is married to Stuart, and they share a home with Kyle’s mom, Norma, and their two schnauzers, Nicholas and Holly. Kyle is a member of Pine Shores Presbyterian Church’s handbell choir, the Clara Kaiser Carillon.  By day, she maintains an independent bookkeeping […]

  • Steven Leadbetter

    Prior to relocating to Florida, Steve was a founding member (2002) of the Atlanta Concert Ringers. He rings in advanced handbell events including Distinctly Bronze (DB) East, DB West, Bay View, and All-Stars at National Seminar and Pinnacle. Steve was among 29 ringers selected nationally for the Raleigh Ringers’ Virtuoso 2015 performance experience and also […]

  • Kim Johnson

    Kim is a retired Information Technology Project Manager. She is a native of Wisconsin and, even though she has lived in Florida over 30 years, she still considers herself a “Cheesehead”. She began playing handbells twelve years ago when her church decided to start a handbell group. Always active in choir, she thought, “This sounds […]