George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Glenn Miller are
composers not usually associated with handbell choirs,
but then again, Bells In Motion is not your everyday,
run-of-the-mill church or community handbell choir!
Bells In Motion is a progressive handbell ensemble
based in Springfield, IL. Formed in 1997, the 19
members of the group join by audition and hail from
Central Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Since their
founding, they have performed at many notable venues
and festivals in the US, Canada, and Europe, continually
bringing audiences to their feet.
The ensemble combines seven octaves of bronze
and aluminum handbells and chimes, string bass,
drums, and other musical instruments. They perform
music ranging from jazz to classical, big band to blues,
Broadway to rock, and sacred to original compositions
written especially for this thrilling group of performers
and their instrument.
Bells In Motion electrifies the stage and features the spirited sounds of jazz for which they are known in favorites like It Don’t Mean a Thing, Georgia On My Mind, Misty, and their signature piece, In the Mood.