The Kalamazoo College Guild of Change Ringers, made up of students, faculty, alumni, and members of the local community, practices the ancient art of English change ringing on the eight tower bells of Kalamazoo College's Stetson Chapel.
The bells, cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, England, were installed in 1984 as a 150th birthday present to the college. Change ringing bells are uncommon in this country; Kalamazoo's tower was only the 16th, and this is the only place in Michigan where these bells can be found.
Change ringing is a unique form of bell ringing, requiring intense concentration and teamwork among the ringers to achieve the distinctive cascading sound of ever-changing sequences.
The bells can be heard at most Friday chapel services, and before and after many weddings, concerts, and other events.
Weekly practices are generally held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm. Visiting ringers and new learners are welcome. Please contact us ahead of time before traveling any distance to attend.
For dates of Kalamazoo ringing weekends and information about ringing events elsewhere, see the North American Guild Events Calendar.