Now retired, Bonnee was a Senior Branch Office Administrator for Edward Jones and, by night, she is a musician. She has studied music at Hardin Simmons University and at Missouri Baptist University. She currently teaches private piano lessons and accompanies high school students for competitions. First Baptist Church of Ferguson introduced her to handbells as a young adult. Taking a short break of some 25 years to raise her family, Bonnee has returned to handbell ringing. Bonnee and husband, David, have four adult children and eleven grandchildren. They are world travelers. It sounds like bells, traveling, and grandchildren are her hobbies, but not necessarily in that order!
Janette is an RN on the Neuroscience unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. It’s a second career that is both rewarding and challenging. It is always awe-inspiring to see the healing and miracles that take place every day. Her most important undertaking, however, is mom to Mathew (18) and Ethan (13), and wife to Mike. Hobbies include reading, crafts, and music. She dabbles in trombone, piano, and guitar in her “spare time” and loves listening to her sons play classical guitar, electric guitar, drums, bassoon, saxophone, glockenspiel, couch, chair — really, can’t everything be an instrument when you love music? Janette has been ringing bells for about 20 years in various church choirs and ensembles. She loves ringing with ReBELLion and (usually) leaves practice feeling less stressed than when she arrived!
Erin loves to surround herself with music. She started in elementary school, taking piano lessons and participating in choir and bells at church which she continued through high school. In middle school, Erin took up the bass clarinet and played in bands through her senior year of college. Truman State University is where Erin received both her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music and Master of Arts in Education. In addition to playing with ReBellion, Erin currently teaches elementary (K-5) music in Mehlville and sings in the American Chamber Chorale. When not immersing herself in musical activities, Erin enjoys cooking, playing board games, browsing antique malls, binge watching TV shows or movies, and snuggling with her cat, Willis. Whenever she has the funds, Erin also loves to travel – she taught at English camps for a summer in Italy, visited several other European countries, and has seen many amazing sights all over the United States.
Eve Diel has a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky and has been a librarian for over 20 years, currently as high school librarian in the Parkway School District. Eve’s parents started her off in handbells in middle school at the First United Methodist Church in Robinson, Illinois, where she had to play one bass bell at a time since she couldn’t lift them with one hand. She has rung with various handbell choirs in the area, including First UMC – St. Charles, Webster Hills UMC, and Salem-in-Ladue UMC. Eve has also performed in choirs for as long as she can remember and has sung with many groups in the area including the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, the Chancel Choir at Kirkwood UMC, BelCanto, and currently the American Chamber Chorale. Eve loves being in ReBELLion and enjoys the opportunity to ring such challenging music.
Dave began ringing handbells at Donelson Heights United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, during his high school days. After high school, he attended Vanderbilt University earning a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Astronomy. In 2000, Dave was awarded a Master of Science degree in Geomatics Engineering from Purdue University. Dave is currently employed as an Information Analyst. He has travelled extensively through the world to every continent except Antarctica. Places that he has visited include Guam, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Ghana, Canada, Hawaii, United Kingdom, Portugal, Greece, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Paraguay. (Now that is some frequent flyer miles!) Dave has one grown son and one daughter. When asked to provide an anecdotal story he said, “I have stood on both the equator and the prime meridian.” (Not at the same time!)
Elin is the Music Director at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Chesterfield, MO. In 2006 she received a B.A. in Spanish at the College of St. Catherine, and in 2009 a B.A. in Church Music at Concordia University in St. Paul. Cross-stitching, running and cooking/experimenting with new recipes are her favorite hobbies. Elin started ringing bells in the 8th grade, and continued in the Christus Chorus at Concordia with whom she traveled to Ghana, West Africa. Elin’s parents live in town, but her brother and sister and their families live in Minnesota and Wisconsin. When able, she travels up North to see them. Elin has two furry ‘daughters’, B.B, her rabbit, and Shiloh, who is a black lab mix. A ringing anecdote: “Once I wore the wrong t-shirt for a ringing endeavor – same color but way different logo”. One can only guess what that logo might have been!
Sue is Director of Marketing Technology for Nestle Purina PetCare and holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.B.A., both from the University of Michigan. Her passions include continual learning, almost any kind of craft, sleeping, and playing handbells! She has been ringing handbells since 1985 when a college friend drafted her into helping out in her church choir, and hasn’t stopped since. When not working or traveling for work, she stays busy by over-extending herself as a team manager and fundraising coordinator for her daughters’ teams. During her spare time (Ha!), she is working to learn more about different wines, reading bass clef music, and techniques to inspire self-esteem and leadership in young people. She has two fantastic teenage daughters, Sydney and Jordyn, (and four dogs!) who bring joy to her every day!
Steve has been playing in and directing bell choirs since 1988 when he was invited to play by his now wife, Christy. Now they, with Emma (16) and Erin (12) are 25% of the handbell choir at St. Andrew UMC in Florissant. Steve is a software engineer with Hunter Engineering with degrees in physics from the University of Texas at Austin, and Washington University. A former clarinet player, Steve now moves between bass, drums, and even ukulele in the St. Andrew praise band, performing to crowds as few as two people up to hundreds. In marching band, Steve once performed a halftime show with his underwear facing the visiting team after the seat of his pants ripped out. Fortunately, this has never happened while playing bells…yet.
Patrick Long held an interim position with ReBELLion during the 2017 spring semester and is now a regular performing member of the ensemble. Patrick graduated from Valparaiso University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Please don’t ask him if he is an engineer as that is insulting to a chemist. Along with his wife Cheri, both were members of Bells in Motion, a community handbell ensemble from Springfield, Illinois. Patrick began ringing bells in 1995 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in north St. Louis county. When trying to study bell music, Patrick is frequently accompanied and distracted by his grey kitty. Editorial comment: most people would believe that all musicians have some degree of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) with their little quirks and repetitive obsessions. On digital devices, he has the need to set the volume control to a number that is divisible by 2 or 5. You will have to ask him about that one!
Though she has not had formal music training, Diana has been around music most of her life. She started singing in the choir at age five and ringing handbells at age ten. She shares her Glendale home with her husband of 30+ years, Chuck, daughter Gabrielle and grandchildren, Jesse and Jane.
Michelle started ringing bells at age ten at her home church, St. Lucas United Church of Christ. She previously spent nine seasons with the Gateway Ringers. When not ringing bells, she indulges in her other obsessions of collecting beads for constructing jewelry and playing with polymer clay. She enjoys traveling with her family, who are avid fans of Walt Disney World and several Caribbean islands. Michelle can be found ringing upper treble bells, as she has an aversion to bells larger than her hands.
Diane is an Application Specialist working in the area of Digital Pathology for Leica Biosystems. She directed handbells for nearly 20 years but now enjoys the chance to play instead of directing. Diane also plays the piano and the oboe and likes to sing. Non-musical interests include DIY projects with stained glass and watching football and basketball with her husband, Greg. Diane is a lifelong member of the BIG BLUE NATION, (University of Kentucky Wildcats fan)! She is the proud mother of two college-age “kids”, Hannah and Alex, as well as a goofy black lab named Cosmo. Proud Mom update – Hannah graduates in two weeks from Ball State University!
Jeff joined ReBELLion in the Fall of 2019. He recently retired from ringing in the Gateway Ringers after 20 years, but decided to accept Dolan’s invitation to fill an open spot in ReBELLion. Jeff has been conducting handbell choirs since 1986, and currently has started a new community choir in South St. Louis county. He has a Master’s degree in Church Music from Concordia University Wisconsin and studied Organ with Dr. John Behnke, and is active in the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Jeff is certified with the AGO at the Colleague level. He works for Mastercard during the day, and is Associate Director of Music and Organist at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis City.