Rainier Ringers is a 14-member community handbell ensemble based in Tacoma, Washington. We perform two concert seasons annually, a Christmas program in late November or early December and a second program in late May or early June featuring a different theme each year. Click here for information about upcoming concerts. Rainier Ringers is also available to perform at public or private gatherings; contact us for more information.
The Rainier Ringers consists of experienced ringers who enjoy performing a wide diversity of handbell repertoire while challenging their musical skills. We play on 5 octaves of Malmark bells and 5 octaves of Malmark chimes. Our weekly rehearsal space is provided through an agreement with First Lutheran Church in Tacoma, Washington.
We are small to medium sized handbell troupe and part of the larger 14-member Rainier Ringers ensemble. We are based in Tacoma but outreach throughout the South Sound region. The Tahoma Troupe group helps to further the mission of the Rainier Ringers, to both educate and entertain the public.
Rainier Ringers was founded in 1997 by Lois McMonnies who directed the ensemble until 2010. Doug Mjorud took the baton from Lois and then passed it to Ron Mallory who directed us from 2012 to 2015. Lois McMonnies returned as our director in 2016 while we were searching for a new director. Anastacia Caswell took a turn with the baton directing from 2017 to 2021. Karen Haas directed the group starting with our 2021 Christmas Concert and retired after our 2023 Spring concerts. Starting in September 2023, we welcomed Martin Culbert as our new director.