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  • 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 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 […]

  • Carolyn Schmidt

    Carolyn Schmidt Carolyn began her music career at age four, when her parents realized that she could play all of her nursery rhyme tunes on the family piano. Lessons followed. She became the school chorus accompanist at 14. She’s received a B.A. degree from Ithaca College in behavioral psychology with a music minor, playing bass […]

  • Robin Reich

    Robin Reich Robin is enjoying retirement in Sarasota after working as a procurement analyst for a NC-based software company for many years. She has been playing handbells for over 50 years and relishes the challenge of ringing with Ring Sarasota. In her “spare” time, she sings in her church choir, volunteers as treasurer for three organizations and travels to […]

  • Phyllis O’Keef

    Phyllis O’Keef Phyllis joined Ring Sarasota in 2015, after moving to Bradenton from North Carolina with her husband, who pastors Roser Community Church, Anna Maria. As a music educator and church musician, she enjoys every aspect of making music: choral singing, church organist, pianist, accompanying, ringing, and directing children to adults. Her introduction to handbells […]

  • Kyle Miller Wallace

    Kyle Miller Wallace Kyle joined Ring Sarasota in Season 2 and brought years of handbell ringing experience with her.  When she is not ringing with Ring Sarasota, she enjoys working and ringing with Ring Sarasota’s smaller ensemble, RingSide.  She is married to Stuart, and they share a home with their two schnauzers, Nicholas and Holly. […]

  • Steven Leadbetter

    Steven Leadbetter Prior to relocating to Florida, Steve was a founding member (2002) of the Atlanta Concert Ringers. He rings in various national advanced handbell events where he has been honored with multiple selections to the All Stars Choir and to Virtuoso, performing with the Raleigh Ringers. Steve is currently the Ring Sarasota board president […]

  • Kim Johnson

    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 40 years, she still considers herself a “Cheesehead”. She began playing handbells twenty years ago when her church decided to start a handbell group. Always active in choir, she thought, “This sounds like […]

  • Lawrence Bauer

    The son of Wesleyan Methodist missionaries, Larry grew up in the Republic of South Africa where he began piano lessons at the age of 9.  Many years later, in 1980, he was introduced to the art of handbell ringing when his church purchased a 2-octave set of Malmark Handbells, and he was instantly hooked! Since […]

  • Kathie Hayes*

    Kathie Hayes Kathie’s careers range between pharmacy, corporate taxation, retail store ownership, and motherhood. She currently works in fiber arts. Kathie has been ringing handbells in ensembles and as bell tree solos since 1994. She has performed with Distinctly Bronze, at the International Symposium, and at HMA National Seminar. She is currently the co-host of “Walking on With Chris […]

  • Katy Ellis

    Katy began ringing handbells in 2013 after being called in to substitute in her church’s handbell choir. After two rehearsals, she was hooked on the instrument and joined full time. Since then, she has been an active choir member, helped co-found a small handbell ensemble, and has attended festivals and workshops throughout the state of […]