Lansing Area Ministry of Bells (L.A.M.B.)



About L.A.M.B.

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.

Spring Ring

The major event sponsored by the Lansing Area Ministry of Bells is the Spring Ring, a gathering of about 100 ringers from about 10 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, Monica McGowan, Hart Morris, Susan Berry, Lee Afdahl, Bill Griffin, and Carl Wiltse, to name a few. 

34th Annual Spring Ring - 2018

Date:  Saturday, March 17, 2018

  South Church

South Church
5250 Cornerstone Dr.
Lansing, MI 48917
(approximately 1 mile south of Waverly High School)

Directions: click here

  Monica McGowan

Monica S. McGowan
 took her music education background – Bachelor of Science, Music Education, Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska – and found her life’s passion in handbells. More than three decades later, Monica has become the consummate handbell musician:  accomplished ringer, seasoned director, internationally recognized clinician and conductor, and Master Technician.  She is in demand as a conductor and clinician for festivals and workshops across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Monica served as Director of Handbells in various denominational churches from Minnesota to Louisiana.   She has held various leadership roles and educator capacities for the Handbell Musicians of America on both the Area and National levels.  During her tenure as the founding Artistic and Music Director of Twin Cities Bronze, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, she led the ensemble to recognition as an internationally acclaimed handbell ensemble known for its professional musical artistry.  In August 2017, Monica was hired as Music Director for Bells of the Hills, Rapid City, South Dakota.

            Monica currently serves as the Handbell Coordinator for the International Music Camp, succeeding the program’s founder, Fred Merrett.  “Handbell Week” and “Adult Handbell Camp” are held each summer as part of the IMC’s Summer School of Fine Arts at the International Peace Gardens on the border of North Dakota and Manitoba. She opened her business, Ringing Restorations, in January 2004, and through her work in the repair, maintenance, and refurbishment of handbells and handchimes, has achieved the title of distinction:  Master Technician.  Monica brings her extensive training, passion, love, enthusiasm, and knowledge of handbells and handchimes to every forum and venue, providing a challenging, successful, and fun experience for its participants.

The following Spring Ring publications are available for download; most are in .pdf format:

Newsletters - Winter 2018 (current issue)

Repertoire for 2018

Registration Form -  for Spring Ring 2018

Publicity Article  - for 2018

The following will be available early March 2018:

Confirmation 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)

Repertoire Reading Session music list - 2018 - Jane Wright/Corlie Eldred
Bell Potpourri Class Handout - Lisa Pearson

Evaluation Form - for DIRECTORS - 2018
Evaluation Form - for RINGERS - 2018
Map to South Church - Google Maps with directions

 Frequently Asked Questions Page
is here...



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: TBA
Location: TBA

Registration forms are available for download in .pdf format:

LAMB Fall Workshop Registration Form

Registration deadline for the workshop is: TBA


Handbell Musicians of America - Official Handbell Guild site
Area 5 - Handbell Musicians of America   (Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia)
Capital City Ringers Handbell Ensemble - Lansing area community handbell ensemble & sister organization of LAMB

LAMB Board

The current members of the LAMB Board of Directors are:

President - Susan Kilmer
President-Elect - Natalie Blunt - handbell director, Okemos Community Church, and ringer, Capital City Ringers

Past President -
Nicole Leppala, music director, Hope Lutheran Church, DeWitt, and Music Director of 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, Engineer, Sound Technician, Chief Bottle Washer, & 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.

Last update: March 14, 2018 10:55 PM Lansing Area Ministry of Bells
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