In 1996, seven of Barb Walsh’s former students decided they wanted to continue ringing. They formed a group called “B Sharps” and rang two octaves of bells. Inspired by a group called “Tintinnabulations” at the Twelfth Night Handbell Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, the group decided to choose a new name. A misunderstanding of Latin conjugation occurred, and the name Tintabulations was created.
Under the direction of Barb Walsh, Tintabluations Handbell Ensemble has grown into diverse group of ringers committed to the art of English Handbell ringing. A quick glance at Tintab’s roster begins to tell the tale of the groups diversity, with members ranging in age from 18 to 60+ and commuting from as far away as Lake Tahoe and Carson City. The group performs music ranging from classic church hymns to jazz and showtunes, proving that bell ringers from any age or background can turn a simple set of bells into an impressive music making force.
In fall 2014, Tintabulations received official recognition as a non-profit organization within Nevada.
The ensemble currently uses 4 octaves of Schulmerich handbells, plus a 5th octave of Malmark bells and 5 octaves of chimes borrowed from South Reno United Methodist Church.
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Tintabulations mission is to further the art of handbell ringing and to educate other on the art form
Tintabulations aims to educate diverse communities with entertaining performances that go beyond standard handbell conventions. We seek to entertain a broad, multi-generational audience with our interpretations of music from multiple genres and sources. This shall be accomplished by fostering an ensemble whose members are consistently striving to better themselves as musicians.
The purpose for which Tintabulations is organized is exclusively educational within the meaning of section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, Tintabulations shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law.