Barb first rang handbells in high school and rediscovered them in 1994. She is a charter member of Chicago Bronze. A native Hoosier, Barb earned a BS in Business from Indiana University. She handles financial reporting for Zebra Technologies. Barb loves spending her free time reading, attending concerts, working puzzles, and watching college basketball.
Briana lives in the south loop and began ringing handbells in elementary school at her church. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and taught general music and orchestra in Missouri public schools for several years. Briana is the Family Ministry Coordinator and Handbell Director at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. Along with her husband, Shane and daughter Stella, she enjoys exploring the city, playing the cello, and training for races.
Amy was introduced to handbells when she was a senior in high school. She has been playing in bell choirs off and on ever since, playing across the country and in Europe. She has a BS in Psychology from Judson University and is now an Analyst for The Nielsen Company. Amy also enjoys reading, watching TV and hanging out with her husband, David.
Denise began ringing bells in 1995 and soon after became her church’s handbell director. She has been a music teacher/choral director for 27 years and currently teaches at Jane Addams Jr. High alongside her husband, Eric, the band director. Denise enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, Chris and Cate and step daughter, Nina.
Jenn lives in Park Ridge and began ringing bells in middle school when the church she grew up in first purchased handbells. She has played with various church and community choirs in Wisconsin, Kansas, Texas, and Illinois. Jenn graduated from Kansas State University with a Master of Landscape Architecture degree. Currently, she is a landscape architect at Living Habitats in Edison Park. In her free time, Jenn enjoys playing golf, practicing karate, and cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers!
Jayne learned to ring handbells in 1980 as a counselor at a music camp. The only time she hasn’t been an active ringer was while living in England. Since her whole family rings, they have occasionally done ensemble work together. With her four kids grown, Jayne enjoys spending time with her husband, being with their grandchildren, and ringing with her church choir.
Michele was introduced to handbells when her mother started a choir at her church. She started and directed a handbell choir in Chicago for 17 years. Michele is a church organist/pianist, plays flute, and has served as a Choir Director. She is the Director of Finance for the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination.
Anne is a retired band and orchestra teacher of 30 years, and has been enjoying bell ringing for about 20 years. She is very involved in her church’s music ministry, as a choir member, flute player, and handbell director. She lives in Arlington Heights with her husband, Kevin, and enjoys gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
Kathy lives in Elmhurst and works as a Hospice Nurse for Family Home Health Services, Inc. Upon hearing handbells for the first time in 1990, Kathy was instantly hooked. However, the church needed a bell choir director so Kathy decided to take the job! Having earned her BMU in piano performance from Augustana College, she became a “quick learner” of the art of ringing and has been ringing ever since. Kathy’s life outside of bells includes working as a Hospice Nurse for Family Home Health Services, Inc., and enjoying time spent with family and friends.
Laura lives in Barrington and began ringing handbells in 2003. She also plays flute and piano. In addition to Chicago Bronze, she enjoys ringing handbells with several church ensembles in the suburbs. Grandmother of the amazing, musical Miles Patrick Sladon, Laura also plays flute and tin whistle in the Irish band, “The Ragged Rascals”. She owns and operates A Joyful Sound, Inc., a piano service providing tuning and repair to the Northwest Chicago suburbs for 30+ years.
Bill attended North Park College in Chicago where he played in the concert band. Bill received a BA degree and taught elementary education for nine years. He is currently a Senior Account Executive for Rainbow International. Bill started ringing handbells in 1999 and is also a member of the St. John Ringers. Coincidentally, he and his wife, Cheryl, share the same outside interests.
Cheryl began ringing in 1999. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from North Park College. She was a music educator for 10 years and now works for a telemetry services company. She is currently handbell director at St. John Lutheran Church in Wheaton. When she is not playing or directing handbells, she likes to garden, bike, and read.
Derrick has been playing handbells since 2003. In Northern California, he joined a community church handbell choir as a favor to a friend and enjoyed the experience, so he kept playing for the love of music. In 2012, he moved to Illinois. Derrick can also be found go-karting, hanging out with friends, playing video games and checking out the Chicago sites.
Cynthia began ringing handbells as a member of a trio in 2001. Cynthia holds music education degrees from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University. She teaches at Carpenter Elementary School in Park Ridge and summer courses at VanderCook College of Music. Cynthia can also be found playing her five-string banjo and hanging out with husband Tom and son T.J.
Martha was introduced to handbells on Christmas Eve in 1988 when she was given a crash course in ringing to cover for another ringer. She has been playing ever since and has rung advanced music at conferences and festivals. With a degree in Business Administration from Aurora University , Martha runs a plumbing business and volunteers for Midwest Greyhound Adoption.