About Us

The Lowcountry's Premiere Handbell Ensemble

Palmetto Bronze is an auditioned handbell ensemble that seeks to encourage others to explore the unique musical medium of handbells.  We ring exciting music of many genres and styles : classical, original compositions, pop, jazz, patriotic, Broadway show tunes and movie themes - Always bringing smiles to the faces of our listeners! 

A huge assortment of bells and chimes!

Palmetto Bronze plays on 7 octaves of Schulmerich and Malmark Bells, 6 octaves of Malmark chimes, 3 octaves of Early Trusonic bells, 2 1/2 octaves of duplicate Malmark bells and 2 octaves of Mass Rowe bells.  We rehearse on Sundays from 5:30-7:30 PM in the Bell Room at Summerville Baptist Church

501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization

Palmetto Bronze is directed by Marcia J. Brantley of Summerville, SC. Our members come from all over the Lowcountry and from all walks of life. We all share a love of handbells and enjoy the challenge that comes from playing exciting music with accuracy and musicality. We sponsor the Lowcountry Handbell Workshop annually bringing in a nationally known clinician and offering classes and massed ringing. We are a qualified non-profit organization.


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Palmetto Bronze Performances

Palmetto Bronze Has Played for:

  •  Handbell Musicians of America (formerly AGEHR) National Seminar in Atlanta, GA - July 16, 2014
  • Georgia Spring Ring 2017
  • At Large concert/session at the South Carolina Music Educator's In Service Conference, 2014 and 2015
  • Piccolo Spoleto 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • North Charleston Arts Festival 2010 - 2013, 2016
  • Arts International Festival 2016 - Florence,SC
  • North Charleston Holiday Festival 2016
  • Savannah Harbor Westin Holiday Extravaganza 2016
  • Del Webb Charleston 2015 and 2016
  • Magnolia Gardens 2016
  • City of Charleston Annual Christmas Tree Lighting - 2013 and 2014
  • Brookgreen Garden's "Night of a Thousand Candles" - 2011-2015
  • Governor's Carolighting Ceremony in Columbia - 2012
  • Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights in Savannah, GA - 2013
  • Annual Christmas concert at Christ St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Hollywood, SC - 2014-2016
  • We  have also played pre-concert music for the North Charleston Pops  Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Low Country Singing  Christmas Tree, James Island County Park "Festival of Lights",  Charleston River Dogs game, Town of Summerville Christmas Tree Lighting  and various other concerts in the area.
  • We joined the Charleston Community Band in 2011 to present a Holiday concert at the Summerall Chapel at The Citadel

Directed by

 

Marcia J. Brantley

Palmetto Bronze is under the direction  of Marcia J. Brantley. Mrs. Brantley holds a Bachelor of Music degree  from Furman University and has been teaching and directing Handbells for  over 30 years. Before she retired, she was the Handbell  director/teacher at Rollings Middle School of the Arts in Summerville,  SC. In addition to directing Palmetto Bronze, she is currently employed  as Pianist and Handbell Coordinator/Director by Summerville Baptist  Church where she plays for services and ensembles and directs adult and  children's Handbell ensembles. She also directs a Ladies SSA vocal  ensemble and helps to direct the Low Country Singing Christmas Tree. She  has studied conducting under Dr. William Payn and served as clinician  for various seminars and workshops. 

Auditions

Annually in January

Fill out the form, print it out, scan then email it to mbrantley@palmettobronze.com

Will consider qualified ringers anytime

Call Marcia at (843)729-6275 if you are interested

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

We'd love to share our exciting and unique art form with you! See our calendar for scheduled performance dates and workshops or call to set up a concert or workshop.

Palmetto Bronze

202 Caveson Dr, Summerville, SC 29483

(843) 729-6275

Book us today

Call Caroline at (843) 412-6168 to schedule a workshop or concert