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Crusader Bells
The Crusader Bells of Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church was founded in 1969 and was one of the first hand bell choirs established in San Diego. Initially it began as a musical outlet for junior and senior high school students. This ringing experience started with two octaves of Schulmerich Hand bells, directed by Judy Whiles. Today, the group rings 5+ octaves of bells and has added 6 octaves of Marlmark Choir chimes. The repertoire available to the Crusaders with all of these bells and chimes ranges from Bach to pop to jazz.

Thirteen ringers, many starting as 12 years-old, with many years of experience enjoy making beautiful music together. Playing hand bells requires commitment (it’s hard to replace a ringer), teamwork (everyone must work together), a strong arm (bells weigh from a few ounces to 9+ lbs.), and a sense of humor. The Crusader Bells play monthly at church services, give two concerts each year and perform for weddings, special holiday services and for private organizations. If you would like to book the Bells for your next event, please see our contact information listed below.

Past performances include the Holiday Pops Concert with the San Diego Symphony, Christmas on the Prado at Balboa Park, La Jolla Candlelight Ball, the San Diego Hospice, and live on Channel 7 Easter Sunday.


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