Organized in September 1979, the Purdue Bells ring a five-octave set of Whitechapel handbells, a five-octave set of Schulmerich handbells and a five-octave set of Malmark choir chimes with an additional lower octave for performances.

Purdue Bells has represented Purdue on tours of Florida and New York, as well as throughout the state of Indiana. In 1995, the ensemble was honored to perform for the Indiana Musical Educators’ Association and Music Educators’ National Conference North Central Convention. The group was also invited to perform at the first-ever Pinnacle 2000 handbell convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

In 2016, Purdue Bells was honored to give the opening concert for Area 5 Handbell Musicians of America Spring Festival/Conference in Dayton, OH. The enthusiasm of each full-time student and their love for performing has made Purdue Bells a unique instrumental complement to the vocal ensembles of PMO.