Purdue Bells, established in 1979, is the only instrumental ensemble in Purdue Musical Organizations. Ringing five octaves of Schulmerich and Whitechapel handbells, the men and women of Purdue Bells blend traditional handbell ringing with innovative techniques to play styles from classical to jazz. The ensemble also rings five octaves plus the lower octave of Malmark choir chimes.
Purdue Bells includes specialty groups ranging from the Four-In-Hand Quartet and the Off-the-Table Quartet to the Shaker Chime Ensemble. These specialty groups allow ringers to hone their leadership skills as well as to further develop their ringing technique.
Rehearsals for Purdue Bells are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-2:45pm. The ensemble is open to any student, undergraduate and graduate alike, by audition. Previous ringing experience is helpful but not necessary.
For additional information about the ensemble, including the audition process, please email director, Rhonda Blacklock for details.