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 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.
CANCELED: Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) saftey concerns, it was determined best to cancel this event. We may look into rescheduling later this year, or just postpone for a year. Refunds for registration fees will be forthcoming once we know more about what the near future brings.
36th Annual Spring
Ring - 2020
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Location: South Church
5250 Cornerstone Dr.
Lansing, MI 48917
(approximately 1 mile south of Waverly High School)
Conductor: Brenda Austin
Brenda is the Director of Worship and Music at First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids and the Artistic Director for the Detroit Handbell Ensemble. She has recently become the handbell music editor at Hope Publishing Co., and has over 50 handbell compositions and arrangements in publication, two of which are included in the Spring Ring repertoire.
The following Spring Ring publications are available for
download; most are in .pdf
Newsletters - Winter 2020 (current issue - January 2020)
Repertoire for 2020
Registration Form - for Spring Ring 2020
Publicity Article - for 2020
The following will be available in March 2020:
Letter for 2020
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 - 2019 (courtesy of Jeffers Handbell World)
Evaluation Form - for DIRECTORS - 2020
Evaluation Form - for RINGERS - 2020
to South Church - Google Maps with directions
Frequently Asked Questions Page
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
Registration forms are available for download in .pdf
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
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.
March 14, 2020 8:05 PM
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