Wilmington Delaware 19803
THE LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
1530 Foulk Rd, Wilmington DE, 19810
The Home of RELAXING Music!
I have been playing Handbells for over 35 years.
Most of the time with the MEMORIAL BELL RINGERS of
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (Wilmington, DE).
Periodically, I would play a Solo or Duet for a Church Service.
Solos were mainly performed at Christmas Eve Services.
In 2010 I decided to take the big leap and purchase my own set of Solo Handbells
My initial set of bells contains 30 Bells, spanning from G4 => C7
I quickly expanded my Bell set to include G4 => G7, to covers a wide range. of music.
I've also added a set of 24 (G3 => G6) Schulmerich Melody Chimes(TM)
My performance objective is to demonstrate the unique sound of
Solo Handbells, both accompanied and unaccompanied.
There is a small collection of music written specially for Solo Handbells,
but not nearly enough to accommodate multiple 10+
song performances. So I have been adapting vocal and instrumental music, concentrating on Popular and Seasonal Songs.
I am available for: CHURCH SERVICES (Prelude, Special Music, offertory, Postlude)
SMALL GATHERINGS, Especially Senior Living Centers (9-11 Song 1 Hour Performances)
A Piano Accompanist is greatly preferred But, I also have the piano accompaniments on iPod (with portable speakers) which I use for performances.
All performance are FREE OF CHARGE
However, we do accept Donations for the Lutheran Community Services Food Bank
Over the years, I have spent a lot of time Teaching Handbell Ringing to both members of our Church Handbell Choir and to interested people in our community. One of the things that I learned from this was the lack of availability of Handbells for practicing at home between practices. We've tried the usual methods: salad bottle, large spoon and even plastic cups fitted with old handbell handles. But, none of these gave the ringer the look and feel of regular handbells.
With the recent advent of 3D printing I saw a possible way to approach the practicing problem. I've recently introduced a line of "Plactic Practice Handbells":