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Voyages: In Search of Peace

Bells of the Cascades was invited to perform at the 2021 national convention of the Handbell Musicians of America in Phoenix, Arizona, along with Cathedral Bells of Orange, California.

The video of our performance at this event is not currently available due to copyright reasons, but the responses from those who attended were extremely gratifying! We were thrilled at how moved the audience was by the music we made with Cathedral Bells. Here are some examples of what people wrote to us.

The following night we presented the same concert in California. Here is the video of that performance.

 

In memoriam: Carolyn Bradley

Carolyn Bradley

On Saturday, April 10, 2021, Bells of the Cascades was saddened to say goodbye to our beloved member Carolyn Bradley—who passed away earlier this year—at her memorial service in Tigard, OR. We were honored to perform three pieces in tribute. It was, in fact, our very first public appearance as an ensemble since February of 2020.

Carolyn was like our team Mom. She always tied perfect, uniform bows on the backs of the women’s dresses, cleaned all our eyeglasses, and provided us with Altoids before each performance. She reminded the women to wear lip color and earrings. Her dedication to BOC went far beyond that, though. She led the membership committee, worked hard on her music outside of rehearsal, and attended nearly every rehearsal, even throughout her illness and treatments. She had a beautiful smile and shared it freely.

As serious as she was about her music, Carolyn had a fondness for telling jokes. She would occasionally approach one of us with what seemed to be the beginning of a serious conversation, only to end it with an unexpectedly devastating punchline. She was filled with faith and brought a calm, good-natured presence to our ensemble.

Now that there are more men in BOC, there aren’t as many dress bows to be tied, but there are more bow ties! No matter the attire, Carolyn’s spirit of excellence in both performance and appearance will continue on in all we do. We miss her.

    

In memoriam: Tim McDonough

Tim McDonough on the Bells of the Cascades Cruise V. Tim is on the right, in the white suit.
A group photo of Bells of the Cascades with Tim McDonough (back row, on the left side)
Bridgetown Sound with Tim McDonough (center, middle row)

Members of Bells of the Cascades are deeply saddened by the passing of former member and former President of the group, Tim McDonough.

Tim met his wife Karin on Bells of the Cascades Cruise V and shortly thereafter moved to Oregon and joined the ensemble. He was an incredibly talented ringer (and singer) and a truly kind man.

Tim died Dec. 8, 2020, at the age of 53. Here are a few photos of Tim with the group, as well as one after he left Bells of the Cascades but joined Bridgetown Sound, and helped facilitate a collaboration between the two groups. Bridgetown Sound has recently launched the Tim McDonough Memorial Music Education Fund.

Our condolences to his wife Karin. RIP Tim.