Our Music

RiverBells is an independent adult consort of handbell experiences and experiments (a CA non-profit and tax-exempt corporation). This is our twenty-second season, beginning as an adjunct musical program with Cosumnes River College, Sacramento. Having 15 ringers at the table is our maximum in all that time.

Our mission – aside from seasonal demands – is to perform original music composed idiomatically for the English handbell choir, and to feature swing (Big Band) sounds on this unique percussion instrument.

Our repertoire focuses on big band classics derived from the American swing era, mostly arranged by the director. We also feature original music written idiomatically for the handbell. Our extensive and expanding music library allows us the flexibility to adapt to any concert venue to which we are invited. Published music has been dedicated to RiverBells, but commissioning an original work remains a future goal. 

We hope this lifts up, thrills, and challenges both ringers and audiences.

In 2018, members of the RiverBells visited Good Day Sacramento as they prepared for their 20th Anniversary concert. Enjoy the video!