Ring Sarasota Presents: "I Wanna Be Like You!" - St. Petersburg, FL

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Ring Sarasota Presents: "I Wanna Be Like You!" - St. Petersburg, FL

These aren't your grandma's handbells! Come experience the music with Ring Sarasota as we explore the capabilities of our unique instrument.

By Ring Sarasota Handbell Ensemble

When and where

Date and time

Starts on Sunday, April 2 · 4pm EDT


First Presbyterian Church 701 Beach Drive Northeast St. Petersburg, FL 33701

About this event

  • 2 hours

Handbells can do anything! This season’s repertoire really showcases the versatility of the instrument. Audiences will be immersed in pop music, feel the excitement of the big band era, and experience the rhythm of Latin music. Our ringers are experts on the nuances of bells and chimes, and we hope audiences will leave with a new appreciation for handbell music.

A free-will offering will be collected during the performance.

About the organizer

As the area’s premier handbell ensemble, Ring Sarasota’s spirited musicians captivate audiences of all ages with a unique combination of entertainment, education, and community engagement.

Dedicated to enhancing handbell ringing as an art form, the Sarasota‐based group under the direction of former Navy bandleader Rick Holdsworth showcases over 200 individual handbells and handchimes rung by a large ensemble of ringers to create a symphony of sound with special effects mimicking the piccolo, percussion, trombone, and even the Tibetan singing bowl! Ring Sarasota attracts member ringers from as far north as Tampa Bay and as far south as Fort Myers.

Performance history highlights include a news-making Veterans Day celebration benefiting 48 hometown soldiers through Manatee Operation Troop Support, a sold-out Christmas collaboration with Bay Chorale at Neel Performing Arts Center, debuting director Rick Holdsworth’s original transcription of Holst’s “Jupiter” from The Planets, and an invitation to ring as the featured ensemble at the Handbell Musicians of America Florida state festival.