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Director: David M. Harris

David M. Harris

David M. Harris has been the director of The Raleigh Ringers since January 1990, when he was instrumental in the formation of the group.  David studied music while earning a degree in computer science at the Pennsylvania State University and has received private instruction in conducting from Dr. William A. Payn of Bucknell University. David was the director of the handbell program at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, and has served Handbell Musicians of America (formerly the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers -AGEHR) as North Carolina State Chairman and as Area III Treasurer. He chaired the national committee that planned the very first Community/ Professional Handbell Choir event, Pinnacle 2000, which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada.  David is in increasing demand as a clinician and guest conductor, and has led several national Handbell Musicians of America events as well as serving as the primary handbell clinician for denominational music events, such as those held at Montreat, Lake Junaluska and Lutheridge. After growing up in the Northeast, David moved to Raleigh with his wife, Kristina. Dave and Kris have three children: Daniel, Kate, and Jennifer.



Honorary Associate Director: Fred Gramann

Fred Gramann, Director of Music at The American Church in Paris, France, serves as the Honorary Associate Director of The Raleigh Ringers. Fred is a well-known and highly regarded composer and arranger of handbell music.

Artistic Consultant: Dr. William A. Payn

Dr. William Payn of Bucknell University is Artistic Consultant of The Raleigh Ringers. Dr. Payn is a composer and conductor of handbell music and choral music and is currently the Director of Choral Studies at Bucknell.

Composer Laureate: Hart Morris

Hart Morris, composer and retired minister of music from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has arranged all of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra pieces that The Raleigh Ringers perform, along with many other favorites such as Dueling Banjos, Bugler's Holiday and You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.