King Ringers Handbell Ensemble
The King Ringers is a community handbell ensemble from the Fort Dodge area. The group's name is a tribute to the legendary Fort Dodge bandmaster/composer, Karl L. King (1891-1971). Their first appearance was at the Fort Dodge Area Symphony concert in December 1997, where they performed seasonal music prior to the concert and during the intermission. They have performed with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, Fort Dodge Choral Society, the Iowa Central Community College Choir, and in Hawkeye Community Theater's Christmas shows.
The King Ringers have 14 members and several substitute singers who rehearse on Tuesday evenings at Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge. Their performances include classical, sacred, jazz, patriotic, and popular music, as well as original compositions for handbells. They perform with 5 octaves of Schulmerich handbells (61 bells) and 4 octaves of Malmark hand chimes. Other guest vocalists, instrumental soloists, organists, pianists and/or percussionists perform with the group.
The Kind Ringers have performed concerts in many area towns, including Pocahontas, West Bend, Eagle Grove, Laurens, Humboldt, Webster City, Eldora, Gowrie, Sioux City, and Okoboji, as well as Fort Dodge. Members of the group come from Fort Dodge, Gowrie, Dayton, and Humboldt.
The King Ringers have 2 concerts each year, one in the spring and another early in the Christmas Holiday season. The King Ringers concerts are free will donation, held at various locations in Fort Dodge.
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