History of Heritage Ringers of Huntsville

Heritage Ringers of Huntsville, Al, a non-profit 501-c3 organization, is an auditioned community concert handbell choir.  It was organized in 1985 by Dr. Stanley McDaniel, the then Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville.  This group played on four octaves of Schulmerich Bells and two octaves of Malmark Handchimes.  Of the original group only two members of that first year group, Carol Kimball and Amy Cherry, still play with Heritage Ringers.

The group was organized to promote excellence in handbell ringing, to provide an opportunity to play music not likely to be encountered in a church program, and to give the community a different musical medium.

The Heritage Ringers perform concerts twice a year in December and in May.  They also play occasionally for benefits and organizations in the area.  For the past few years they have played in December at Burritt Museum for their

Heritage Ringers represented the state of Alabama at Area VI Conferences, 1991 in Gatlinburg, TN and 2009 in Huntsville, AL.  They were a feature choir in1994 for Handbell Musicians of America National Conference in Mobile, AL.

This choir is funded entirely by membership due and performance honorariums.

Heritage Ringers of Huntsville currently ring 6 ½ octaves of Schulmeich/Malmark bells, C2 through G8 as well as 6 octaves of Malmark handchimes – C2-C8.  At the present time they practice and perform at Trinity Methodist Church, 607 Airport Rd., Huntsville, AL.

Heritage Ringers have had four directors: Dr. Stanly McDaniel, organizer (1985-1987) - Mr. Victor Thompson (1988) – Dr. James H. Rogers (1989-2007) - Dr. Dan Lawhon (2008 to the present).  Shane Kennedy has accepted the position of assistant director last year (2011-2012).  Shane Kennedy became the director this year (2013-2014).