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Bells of the Hills Personnel
     
  Mike Beason Mike Beason – is a founding member of Bells of the Hills. Mike began ringing in 1984 while with the Air Force in Germany and has directed bell choirs in South Korea, South Carolina, and now at Faith Lutheran Church in Rapid City for 19 1/2 years. We are pretty sure he is the ONLY bell ringer in the US who was a fighter pilot!  
     
  Peggy Bosch Peggy Bosch has rung in bell choirs for 30 years, as well as being heavily involved in piano accompanying and organ work. Her professional life was spent as a college-level math teacher and in church finances in Arizona and Colorado. She now lives in Spearfish where she is financial assistant for the United Methodist Church and plays in their bell choir.  
     
  Michael Bossen Michael Bossen – is a coder at Rapid City Regional Hospital and has been a part of the Bells of the Hills since its formation. Michael is the bell choir director at First Congregational Church and historian of Bells of the Hills.  
     
  Linda Carpenter Linda Carpenter – Bells have been a part of her life for a very long time. She started ringing bells as a teenager with her mother in the bell choir at First Presbyterian Church. She married and moved away for 45 years, playing and directing bells for most of that time. At one point she had a set of handbells for a "family bell choir" consisting of her husband and children. It is with great pleasure that she returns to Rapid City and considers it truly an honor to be a part of Bells of the Hills.  
     
  Chris Dancy Chris Dancy – is a recent transplant to the Black Hills, although he’s been visiting regularly for nearly 20 years. He began ringing in junior high school at the Village Church in Northbrook, Illinois, and, with the exception of a few years when he attended churches that did not have bell choirs, has been ringing ever since. Chris had been looking for a place to ring that would challenge him musically, and has found it in the Bells of the Hills!  
     
  Barbara Elving Barbara Elving – is a charter member of Bells of the Hills, serves on its Board of Directors, and represents BoH as an educational liaison. She has worked with church choirs on both coasts and taught advanced bass bell classes for AGEHR/HMA Area VII Conferences. Barbara is the Handbell DIrector at South Canyon Lutheran Church, a position she has held since 2006, where she oversees the Alleluia RIngers, Youth Chimes and Sunshine Ringers, and is also the Handbell Director at Spearfish United Methodist Church. Whenever the opportunity arises, Barbara is passionate about taking a group of fellow ringers out "on the road" to showcase handbell music. She is the South Dakota Sub-Area Chair to Area VII of the Handbell Musicians of America.  
     
  John Elving John Elving – was a ding-a-ling before he even knew what end of the handbells to blow in. His friends and family will tell you that if you look long and hard you will find a serious bone in his body. He is the Worship Coordinator at Spearfish United Methodist Church, Immediate Past President of the Rocky Mountain District of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), national Immediate Past President of the BHS Public Rerlations Officers and Bulletin Editors (PROBE), - an instructor for Marketing and Public Relations & Communications in the BHS, on-air personality for The Breeze Christian Radio in Rapid City, and rings in the Spearfish UMC bell Choir.  
     
  Glendora Estacion Glendora Estacion – is retired after 36 years of teaching for the Rapid City Area Schools, teaching adapted physical education to special needs children, 3 to 21 years of age. A member of First Presbyterian Church, she has been playing bells there for many years. Glendora is married with three grown daughters and a granddaughter who is the light of her grandparents' eyes!.  
     
  Amy Lindenberg Amy Lindenberg has 14+ years of experience ringing bells. She has played for the last several years with the ensemble at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Amy has always played the bass bells and loves them. She feels privileged to be able to play with Bells of the Hills and has a lot of fun doing it. She also works as a paraprofessional at South Middle School.  
     
  Carol Longden Carol Longden is a charter member of Bells of the Hills and is excited to be playing again after taking a few years off. She retired after 30 years of teaching for the Rapid City Area Schools in 2016. During her teaching  career she taught 3rd grade, 2nd grade, 1st grade, kindergarten, Reading Recovery, literacy and elementary music. She  started ringing with the First Presbyterian Church and fell in love with playing handbells. She has three grown children and is anxiously waiting the birth of her first grandchild.  
     
  Carol Schwarzenberg Carol Schwarzenberg – has been ringing off and on (mostly on) since 1993. She was in the first Bells of the Hills program then went back to ringing with First Presbyterian Church. After a short hiatus, she rejoined BoH in 2004. Carol teaches through the Homebound Program, based out of Rapid City High School. She loves the outdoors, riding her motorcycle and spending time with her grandchildren.  
     
  Kendra Smith Kendra Smith – is an independent contractor working as a cabling tech and has always enjoyed making music, starting out playing the viola in school. She began ringing the big bass bells with Bells of the Hills in the spring of 2004, and said, “What an honor and a challenge it is to play with Bells of the Hills!”  
     
    Pam VanCuren Pam VanCuren has recently moved back to Rapid City and has played bells off and on for over 10 years, starting in the 5th grade. She has a Degree in Elementary Education and taught in the Douglas School System for two years, before she and her family started traveling with her husband's Army career. She is currently an Administrative Colleague at First Congregational UCC, where she is also in the church bell choir. In her free time, she enjoys sewing, crafts and riding her motorcycle.  
         
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Ryan Webster – graduated as a Chemical Engineering student from SDSM&T and is presently working at GCC Dacotah Cement Plant as a Quality Technician. He rings with the First Congregational UCC bell choir. He has played tuba in various groups and sang in as many choirs as possible. He LOVES being a member of Bells of the Hills.  
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