San Francisco Bay Area

Marquise Usher – Regional Coordinator

Marquise Usher began ringing handbells in 2002 at a church near his home in Oakland, CA. At age 18 he auditioned and joined Sonos Handbell Ensemble and Velocity Handbell Ensemble and has toured the United States, Estonia, Finland, and Japan. Fast-forward to 2019 and Marquise has been fortunate to conduct, teach and perform at the area and national levels with Sonos, Velocity, and Timbré Ensemble. Currently, Marquise directs two 5-octave church ensembles and is the Handbell Director and Junior Chorus Director at the San Francisco Boys Chorus.

Contact Marquise for more information about handbells in the San Francisco Bay Area.

March 28, 2019
  • Bay Area School Handbell Festival

    March 28, 2019
    All Saints Catholic Church, 22824 2nd St, Hayward, CA 94541, USA

    Bring your youth bell choir to participate in this fantastic school ensemble event! Our clinician this year is Barb Walsh of Reno, Nevada. Barb directs the community ensemble Tintabulations and has plenty of experience working with youth bells. Contact Dian Ruder for more information at

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May 3, 2019
  • Bay Area Intense Ring

    May 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, 728 W Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, USA

    Dear "Want to be Challenged" Ringer,

    This spring we welcome Nick Hanson as our conductor for the Intense Ring. Nick and Handbell Ventures have selected an exciting and challenging repertoire for this year’s intense ring!

    If you have not participated in this event before, it is a chance to play music under a seasoned director, at a more advanced level than you might experience with your home choir. You will work the pieces up to performance level in only two days, with 4-1/2 hours of straight rehearsal, and a run-through right before the concert on Saturday afternoon: it's intense! But if you love to ring, it's also very fun!

    For more info and to register, please click here.  Deadline to register is April 5th. 

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May 4, 2019
  • Bay Area Spring Ring

    May 4, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Valley Church, 10885 N Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014, USA

    Now in its 30th year, this year's Bay Area Spring will feature Conductor Nick Hanson and offer an array of fun and educational classes, massed ringing, a Youth track - also led by Nick Hanson, and will culminate in a final concert at the end of the day.  A place to hone skills or learn something new, Spring Ring has something for everyone! 

    And for those who want an additional ringing challenge, this year's Intense Ring will begin Friday night.

    For more info and to register, please click here

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