Ring Sarasota, Season 11

Just completing its 11th season, Ring Sarasota is making music throughout the Gulf Coast. As the area’s premier handbell ensemble, these spirited musicians captivate audiences of all ages with a unique combination of entertainment, education, and community engagement.

Dedicated to enhancing handbell ringing as an art form, the Sarasota‐based group under the direction of former Navy bandleader Rick Holdsworth showcases over 200 bells rung by 15 ringers to create a symphony of sound with special effects mimicking the piccolo, percussion, chimes, and trombone, even the Tibetan singing bowl! Ring Sarasota attracts member ringers from as far north as Tampa Bay and as far south as Fort Myers.

Season 11 Performance Dates

Highways & Byways

Have you just about had enough of staring at your four walls for the last 9 months…not being able to travel safely…not being able to visit family in other parts of the country?
Well, here’s your chance to join us as we take off on a guided musical tour on the “HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS” of our great country.
Leaving from our base in Sarasota, we will join a hoedown Deep in the Heart of Texas, dance the Tennessee Waltz, give our regards to old Broadway, jive to those California Good Vibrations, sit By the Lakeside in Minnesota, enjoy a Mint Julep with Georgia on My Mind, march to the Washington Post in D.C. and bring it all back home to Beneath the Sparkling Skies of Sarasota.

Sunday, February 21, 2021
5 pm 
Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, Sarasota

 Sunday, February 28, 2021
4 pm 
Peace Presbyterian Church, Lakewood Ranch

Sunday, March 21, 2021
6 pm
St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Siesta Key

Sunday, March 28, 2021 Cancelled
3 pm
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Largo

April 11, 2021
4 pm
Gateway Trinity Lutheran Church, Ft. Myers

We are always looking for new performance venues to spread the joy of handbells! If you’re interested in having Ring Sarasota visit you, please see our Venue Requirements and give us a call!


Past Seasons

Season 10 – 2019-2020
Trinity Lutheran Church – Bells and Brass
Longboat Key Island Chapel – Bells and Brass
St. Armands Key Lutheran Church

Living Lord Lutheran Church
Gateway Trinity Lutheran Church – canceled due to Coronavirus pandemic
Pine Shores Presbyterian Church – canceled due to Coronavirus pandemic
St. Georges Episcopal Church – canceled due to Coronavirus pandemic

Season 9 – 2018-2019
Community Presbyterian Church
First United Methodist Church
St. James United Methodist Church
Roser Memorial Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Sun City Center United Methodist Church
St. Johns United Methodist Church
Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church (Joint Concert with Lake Magdalene Ringers)

Season 8 – 2017-2018
Bird Key Yacht Club (private event)
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Artist Series Concerts Sarasota, Michaels on East
St. James United Methodist Church
Lake Placid First Presbyterian Church
Burnt Store Presbyterian Church
Morrison United Methodist Church

Season 7 – 2016-2017
Fruitville Public Library
Community Presbyterian Church
Pine Shores Presbyterian Church
St. Boniface Episcopal Church
The Glenridge Performing Arts Center
Roser Memorial Community Church

Season 6 – 2015-2016
First United Methodist Church, Sarasota
*Christmas in July Fundraiser for Family Promise – raising over $1,500
Church of the Palms, Sarasota
*Musical Salute to Veterans – More than $3,000 collected for Manasota Operation Troop Support
Neel Auditorium, Bradenton
St. Johns United Methodist Church, Sarasota
Sun City Center United Methodist Church
Glenridge Performing Arts Center

Season 5 – 2014-2015
Sarasota Bay Club, Sarasota
First Presbyterian Church, Bradenton
Grace United Methodist Church, Venice
Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, Punta Gorda
HMA FL State Handbell Festival, Fruitland Park
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Largo
Pine Shores Presbyterian Church

Season 4 – 2013-2014
Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, Bradenton
Christ Episcopal Church, Bradenton
Glenridge Performing Arts Center, Sarasota
First Congregational Church, Sarasota
Neel Auditorium, Bradenton

Season 3 – 2012-2013
Bay Village Of Sarasota
St. Boniface Episcopal Church
First United Methodist Church Palmetto
Sun City Center Methodist Church
Siesta Key Chapel

Season 2 – 2011-2012
AGEHR Workshop, Sarasota
St. Johns United Methodist Church, Sarasota
Freedom Village Retirement Center, Bradenton
Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, Sarasota
St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, Sarasota
Bahia Vista Mennonite Church, Sarasota
Glenridge Performing Arts Center, Sarasota

Season 1 – 2010-2011
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Sarasota
Sarasota Choir Festival
Glenridge Performing Arts Center, Sarasota