Director: 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 is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and has studied conducting privately with Dr. William A. Payn at Bucknell University. David was the director of the handbell program at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, and has served Handbell Musicians of America in several capacities: as All-Star Conductor, Ringing Track Conductor, Instructor for the National Seminar, North Carolina State Chairman, and as Area III Treasurer. He chaired the national committee that planned the first Community/Professional Handbell Choir event, Pinnacle 2000, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, David has led well over 200 handbell festivals and workshops in 36 states as well as in England, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the Caribbean. He has also been the primary handbell clinician for several denominational music events, including Montreat, Lake Junaluska, and Lutheridge (NC); Mo-Ranch (TX); Massanetta (VA); and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (KY). He has written several articles for Overtones, the national publication of Handbell Musicians of America. After growing up in the Northeast, David moved to Raleigh with his wife, Kristina. Dave and Kris have three grown children and one granddaughter.
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.
Composer in Residence: Keith Burt
Keith Burt, studied piano at the University of Central Florida and was involved with handbell choirs along the way, either playing or directing. For over 15 years, Keith has been transcribing and arranging music for The Raleigh Ringers and groups across the country. While Keith is best known for the Rock 'n roll pieces including More than a Feeling, Kashmir, Back in Black, and Dust in the Wind, he has also arranged several other well-loved works for the group such as Prelude in G Minor, op. 23, no. 5 which is included on the group's newest CD, Progressions.