The Lansing Area Ministry of Bells (LAMB) was founded in 1984 by Jane C.
Wright to promote the art of handbell ringing and to provide a structure to
support the Spring Ring, a local massed ringing event held in the Lansing,
Michigan, area each year in the late winter or early spring. Jane also founded the Capital City Community Ringers (now the Capital City Ringers,
Inc.) in 1984, and directed until the spring of 2015. The Lansing Area Ministry of
Bells and the Capital City Ringers Handbell Ensemble are officially sister
organizations. Jane, who is currently the Minister of Music at Westwood United Methodist
Church in Kalamazoo, was for many years the Minister of Music at Mt. Hope United Methodist Church in
Lansing and directed the handbell choir there.
L.A.M.B. sponsors two events; the Spring Ring and the Beginning Ringers & Directors Workshops, each spring and fall, respectively.
The major event sponsored by the Lansing Area Ministry of Bells is the
Spring Ring, a gathering of about 125 ringers from about 15 churches each
year. We have had many well-known handbell directors and composers/arrangers as guest conductors of the Spring Ring, such as Arnold
Sherman, Tim Waugh, Douglas Wagner, Hart Morris, Susan Berry, Lee Afdahl, Bill Griffin, and Carl Wiltse, to name a few.
NOTE: Due to the Area 5 HMA (Handbell Musicians of America) event in Lansing in 2017, the LAMB Spring Ring to skip 2017 and resume in 2018. Please consider attending the Area 5 event in 2017... but be sure to come to the LAMB Spring Ring in 2018! Mark your calendars now!
34th Annual Spring
Ring - 2018
Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018
Location: South Church
5250 Cornerstone Dr.
Lansing, MI 48917
(approximately 1 mile south of Waverly High School)
Conductor: Monica McGowan
The following Spring Ring publications are available for
download; most are in .pdf
Newsletters - Winter 2016 (current issue)
Repertoire for 2018
Registration Form - for Spring Ring 2018
Publicity Article - for 2018
The following will be available early March 2018:
Letter for 2018
Quick Notes - Last minute info
Director's Choir Assignments and Info
Schedule for Saturday - know what is happening and when
Floor Layout (know where
your group will be)
Reading Session music list - 2018
Evaluation Form - for DIRECTORS - 2016
Evaluation Form - for RINGERS - 2016
to South Church - Google Maps with directions
Frequently Asked Questions Page
ALL NEW! - New classes! New format!
LAMB Fall Ringers and Directors Workshop
LAMB also sponsors a Ringers and Directors Workshop in late September each year. These sessions help ringers and
directors gain confidence in their ringing ability and learn the various handbell techniques commonly found in handbell music.
All levels of handbell ringers and conductors are invited to participate in a morning of ringing and conducting! Ringers will learn the basic fundamentals of ringing techniques as well as advanced ringing techniques. Members of the Capital City Ringers will lead the ringing classes. Nicole Leppala, the Music Director of the Capital City Ringers, and founder and past-director, Jane Wright, will lead the beginning and advanced conducting techniques. Ringers will learn a piece to be performed at the close of the workshop. Directors that attend the workshop will have the opportunity to conduct the piece with the ringers.
Next Workshop: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Location: Hope Lutheran Church
1180 W. Herbison Rd., DeWitt, MI 48820 [click
here for map and directions]
Registration forms are available for download in .pdf
LAMB Fall Workshop Registration Form
Registration deadline for the workshop is September 14, 2016
Handbell Musicians of America - Official Handbell Guild site
Area 5 - HMA (Michigan,
Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia)
Capital City Ringers Handbell Ensemble - Lansing area community handbell ensemble & sister organization of LAMB
The current members of the LAMB Board of Directors are:
President - Nicole Leppala, music director, Hope Lutheran Church, DeWitt and Music Director of Capital City Ringers
President-Elect - Susan Kilmer - handbell director, First Congregational Church, St. Johns
Past President - Lindsay Finison, former
youth handbell director, FUMER, and ringer, Capital City Ringers
Treasurer - Eileen Ellis, handbell director,
South Church, Lansing, and alumni/board member of Capital City Ringers.
Secretary - Lorraine Finison, ringer, Capital City Ringers
and ringer, Mayflower Congregational Church, Lansing
Member-at-Large, Webmaster, Go-fer,
& All-around Great Guy - Kim
Finison, ringer, Capital
City Ringers & Mayflower Congregational Church, Lansing
Any questions about the Lansing Area Ministry of Bells and the events it sponsors should be directed to Secretary Lorraine Finison at
BellGoddess (at) hotmail (dot) com or by calling 517.321.3221.
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