Our 2015 Ringers
Golden Bells consists of twelve ringers and several substitutes, some of whom are past members. We come from all parts of Atlanta and bring over 375 years of combined ringing experience to the tables. Most of us also ring in or direct handbell choirs in our own local churches. The original charter members were invited to join by audition in 1995. Since then, other auditions have been held. We currently add new members by asking them to come and substitute wherever there is a need and it is in that substitution period that they are evaluated on the basis of bell musicianship and overall group dynamics.
Meet the Golden Bells ringers:
High Bell Divas
They perform the impossible, always ringing handfuls of bells and picking up more handfuls at the key changes. More bells - no problem! Faster - no problem! They truly enjoy a challenge and have to really play as a team.
Marcy Olhausen - Due West United Methodist Church - Marietta
Brooke Griffin - First Presbyterian Church - Douglasville
Gail Drinkard - Handbell Director, Carrollton Presbyterian Church - Carrollton
- Lauren Murphy - Clarinet Instructor/Performer - Sandy Springs
They function as the backbone of the choir, having to maintain tempo while flanked by the High Bell Divas and the Bass Bell Dudes. Their positions often require them to play many bells and to help each other in tough spots. They are truly the glue of the choir.
Crisanne Triplett - Instrumental Director, First United Methodist Church - Alpharetta
Judy Willis - Handbell Director, Lutheran Church of the Nativity - Austell
Rhonda Freeman - Handbell Director, Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church - Alpharetta
- Susy Pattillo - Jasper United Methodist Church - Jasper
- Sara Washington - Central Presbyterian Church - Atlanta
Bass Bell Dudes
They play the big buckets and always look for ways to make it challenging. Need more bells in a spot - no problem, throw in the sixth octave. Run out of bells - no problem, play a guitar, wind chimes, percussion, gong.
Tommy Perkins - Due West United Methodist Church - Marietta
Frank Buttler - First Presbyterian Church - Douglasville
Ryan Murphy - Hillside Elementary Music Teacher - Sandy Springs
Nathaniel Singletary - Jasper United Methodist Church - Jasper
~~~~ Blast from the Past ~~~~
Going through our scrapbooks, we came across this gem from a LONG time ago that we thought we'd share with you!
DISCLAIMER: We don't recommend rehearsing bells in "Muscle Shirts"