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 14, 2020
  • Area 12 Directors Workshop

    March 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94597, USA

    Come join us for Area 12's Director's Workshop. This workshop is for anyone! Yes! Anyone!

    Participants will receive instruction in the mechanics of conducting, score study, musical interpretation, and rehearsal techniques.

    Registration form and additional info can be found here.

    If you have any questions, please contact Tessique Houston at

    This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America

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April 24, 2020
  • Bay Area Spring Ring - Intense Ring

    April 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Valley Church, 10885 N Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014, USA

    Dear "Want to be Challenged" Ringer,

    This spring we welcome Stephanie Rhodes as our conductor for the Intense Ring. (Stephanie and Handbell Ventures are hard at work selecting 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: it's intense!  But if you love to ring, it's also very fun!

    This is a two day event - Rehearsal Friday night and Saturday, with performance in Saturday night concert at 6:30pm.

    For more info and to register, click here.

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April 25, 2020
  • Bay Area Spring Ring

    April 25, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
    Valley Church, 10885 N Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014, USA

    Come join us for the Bay Area Spring Ring., featuring conductor Stephanie Rhoades. 
    A place to hone skills or learn something new, Spring Ring has something for everyone! 

    You will have the opportunity to choose two classes from our Class List taught by some of the best teachers we know! 

    You will also have the opportunity to add your notes to those of over 100 other ringers to make  glorious music together as part of our massed ringing experience. 

    You will also have a chance to perform the music you've practiced during the day in a concert at 6:30pm.

    For more info and to register, click here

    This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America

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