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Suncoast Bronze Ringers, under the musical direction of Michael Lamb, is an advanced, community handbell ensemble based in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Formed in 2012, we play a diverse repertoire that delights audiences and promotes the art of handbell ringing.
Vicki Apple aka Happy Ringer is passionate about handbells. She’s been ringing since 1998 and directing bells at First UMC of Lutz, Florida since 2005. The highlight of her handbell career (to date) was participating in the 2008 International Handbell Symposium with nearly 1000 ringers from around the world. After five days of non-stop ringing, she likened it to being at the Disney World of handbell ringing, “Everyone was exhausted, but we didn’t want it to end!” She also took part in the 2019 Inaugural Great Christmas Ring in NYC at Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall.
Valerie Bush has been ringing for 20 years after learning on choir chimes at a church in Matthews, North Carolina. This is her third membership in a community ensemble; the others being Ring Sarasota in Sarasota, Florida and Westminster Ringers in Westminster, Maryland. She is married, has 3 children, 5 grandchildren, 2 grand dogs and 1 grand cat. Her hobbies include knitting and Swedish weaving.
Jackie Kerschbaum began playing handbells in 2011 at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir and worked in the office. She joined Suncoast Bronze Ringers in its second year. She has held a board position since 2015 for secretary, venues and publicity. She volunteers for local agencies, is a kayaking member of Hudson Beach Yacht Club, a frequent cruiser on Holland America line and enjoys time with her sister, 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.
Brenna Lehman started ringing at her church in Washington state in 1995. A friend auditioned for Bells of the Sound and talked her into it as well. She retired and moved to Florida. After a few years, she missed ringing and looked for a group. She found Suncoast Bronze Ringers and has enjoyed ringing again in this group.
Teri Michael is a happily retired elementary classroom teacher after 33 years. She joined Suncoast Bronze in 2013 and has been a member of her church handbell choir since 1996. Music was a big part of her growing up as she was in bands from elementary school through high school orchestra and jazz band, playing alto saxophone. Teri and husband Greg, have a blended family of 3 grown sons and 5 grandchildren. She relaxes with family and friends, does craft projects and is an avid reader.
Nancy Chase is an individual and family therapist who has lived in Florida for over 40 years. Whether skydiving out of an airplane or swimming with sharks in Hawaii, Nancy is always looking for adventure and new experiences. She started playing handbells as a teenager but then returned to it three years ago. She loves being a part of a team that creates soul inspiring music and enjoys tearing down handbell stereotypes.
Patricia Deighton is a native of Kansas and graduate of Kansas State University in Music Education. She began playing handbells in 1982 at the church where she was Director of Music and Organist. She is an original member of Suncoast Bronze Ringers and became its second director in 2014. She is currently organist at First United Methodist Church of Hudson, Florida and plays in their Bellaire handbell choir. She has two grown children and three active grandsons. She enjoys reading, crafting and sewing.
Kathryn Hinton began ringing handbells in middle school and continued ringing through high school. She joined the handbell choir at Concordia University in Irvine under the direction of Dr. Herb Geisler and also took lessons as a solo ringer under Nancy Jessup. Kathryn performed her senior recital on handbells with a concert of solo ringing, duets, trios, and bell trees. After her recent relocation to Central Florida, she joined Suncoast Bronze and has really enjoyed ringing with ringers from varied backgrounds who take time to learn and hone their craft.
Cyndi Hughes is a Judicial Assistant for the 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida by day, and church organist/pianist by night and weekend. She has been playing handbells since the early 1980's and became truly hooked after attending a festival in St. Louis where the clinician was none other than the great Don Allured. That was the first time she had seen any bells outside the normal three octaves and has been loving playing handbells ever since.
Delaine Roberts grew up playing trumpet and French horn in high school and college bands, both concert and marching. At the same time, Delaine performed with a nationally competitive drum and bugle corps. What to do with that musical knowledge when you don’t want to march every weekend anymore? Bells of course! She rings at St. Mark Lutheran of Dunedin where she first learned how to ring 20+ years ago. By day, Delaine works in the loan operations department for a local community bank.
Terry Agosta Rotunda
Terry Agosta Rotunda began to ring handbells as a teen at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clearwater. She was thrilled to be invited to join Hudson Methodist Church’s Bellaires. She is one of the charter members of Suncoast Bronze Ringers and enjoys the challenge of ringing with our team of ringers.
Diane Salmon grew up in College Park, Maryland and moved to Florida in 2008. She is working full time as an Administrative Service Specialist at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida. She had no music background but was invited to learn to play handbells with her son and daughter at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Dunedin, Florida, where her son and daughter were handbell ringers. Other than handbells, her interests are reading, cooking and being outdoors hiking or walking.
Jeanmarie Seabaugh started ringing handbells at the age of 15 in Westminster Presbyterian Church in Connecticut. She continued to play wherever she lived, ending up in Brighton, Michigan. She played at Shepherd of the Lakes and after more than a year without a bell director, she took on the task. She did undergraduate music classes at the local college to broaden her musical knowledge. After 6 years, she and her husband, Steve, moved to Florida. She sang with Nature Coast Festival Singers and met Jackie who told her about Suncoast Bronze Ringers in 2014. She has been treasurer since 2015 and was instrumental in Suncoat Bronze Ringer’'s incorporation as a non-profit. She is an Enrolled Agent.
Kirsten Ostergren Clark
New to the area and a new member of Sun Coast Bronze, Kirsten has been playing handbells for the better part of 35 years with churches in the various places she has lived, including Alabama (playing with the Embellishments community choir in Birmingham), Indiana, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. Kirsten just completed her PhD in Medical Sociology and enjoys exercising and singing, traveling, working on her Spanish-speaking skills, and spending time with friends and family, including her three teen-aged children. Having experience with different bell positions and techniques, bass bells have always been her favorite.
Sue has been ringing bells for 30+ years, starting in high school and ringing at Seminole United Methodist Church. She then rang at First United Methodist Church of Lutz and moved on to become the Handbell Director at Van Dyke United Methodist Church. She currently rings at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, where she works full time in Membership. She is one of the newest members of Suncoast Bronze, joining in March of this year.
Amy Meyers has been playing handbells for about 8 years when she joined the ringers at her church in Woodstock, GA. When she moved to Florida in 2020, she sought out a church with a handbell program and found Hudson First United Methodist Church – where she now plays handbells and clarinet. Amy is a lifetime musician having started piano at age 6 and clarinet at age 9 – with dabbling with alto and tenor sax and flute off and on. Her 15 minutes of fame came when she performed at Carnegie Hall with the Atlanta Wind Symphony in 2005. She is now excited to focus on handbells and feels blessed to be a part of the Suncoast Bronze. When she isn’t playing music, Amy likes to play with her beagle, Daisy, and spend as much time as possible at the beach.
Julie Roahrig is a retired real estate appraiser for the past 2+ years and moved from upstate New York to Florida over 40 years ago. Growing up, Music and Arts was a large part of her interests. As a child she took piano and organ lessons and later learned to play guitar, bass guitar, ukelele, violin and handbells. After becoming a member of Palm Harbor United Methodist church in the mid 80’s, she sang alto in the choir, learned to play handbells and currently plays guitar on the worship team. She continues to be a part of the handbell group at PHUMC and joined Suncoast Bronze in 2019.
Lynne G. Marks
Lynne G. Marks’ professional career spans as a board certified music therapist, handbell specialist, church musician, music educator, licensed practical nurse and degreed interior design consultant. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Lynne received her Bachelor of Music Education and completed her certification in music therapy from Florida State University on the graduate level. As an undergraduate at Eastern, Lynne was awarded a scholarship to teach the handbell curriculum for two years. Her ringing experience spans 55 years in addition to 50 years of conducting vocal and handbell choirs. She is a 50 year member and published author of Handbell Musicians of America. She has written articles on four-in-hand techniques and “Bells for Special Needs/Alzheimer’s & Dementia” and also authored the manual “Using Handbells and Chimes for Persons having Alzheimers, Dementia and Related Disorders”. She served as Director of Handbells, First Christian Church, Tampa, FL for 25 years, was co-founder and conductor of The Bay Area Ringers, Inc. an auditioned semi-professional community handbell ensemble begun in 1989 and recently completed 15 years of service to Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, Tampa as Director of Handbell Ministries. Lynne has served in many capacities for The Guild(HMA), most served as the Florida State Chair and Area Chair of Area 4. She has mentored and been instrumental in the growth of handbells in the state of Florida. Currently, Lynne has been selected to serve as the Assistant Director for the Suncoast Bronze Ringers for the 2022 Spring Semester.