Officers and players of the Tower Bell Foundation occasionally meet up with notables and others who do the same things

Watch this space for highlights of these activities!

THREE MINNESOTA BELL PLAYERS - Dean Robinson, carillonneur of the Rochester Carillon at the Mayo Clinic (left), Tony Hill, Chair of the City Hall Carillon Committee (now the Tower Bell Foundation), Minneapolis (center), and David Johnson, carillonneur of House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul (right), met for a photo on a Sunday afternoon in June 2001.

ENGINEERING STUDY FOR THE BELLS - William M. Volna, an engineer in private practice in Minneapolis, stands next to the bourdon. Volna is advising the Foundation on issues related to the renovation and expansion of the instrument.

BELLS CONTRIBUTED TO TWINS PENNANT DRIVE - The bells played for Twins home games for the last two months of the 2002 season. Retired Twins great Tony Oliva poses with chair Tony Hill at the press conference to announce this. (The bells also played in 2003. The Twins won the American League Central Division both years.)

Tony Hill, chair of the Tower Bell Foundation (then known as the City Hall Carillon Committee), speaks at an August 2002 press conference to announce the bell concerts for the Twins. At right is Mayor R.T. Rybak.

BELFRY VISIT - Tony Hill, Chair of the Tower Bell Foundation, visits Gordon Slater, Dominion Carillonneur of Canada, in his player's nest in the Peace Tower of the Houses of Parliament in Ottawa. Slater served as Canada's official carillonneur from age 27 until his retirement three decades later. At right is the clavier, by which Slater rings the carillon's 53 bells. The room is below the clock in the photo below.

The Centre Block of the Houses of Parliament in Ottawa

Photo: National Capital Commission

A BELLFOUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER - Hervey Bagot of Bagot Bellfoundries in Australia, inspects our chime during a tour of the United States

A VISITOR FROM THE OTHER TWIN - David Johnson, carillonneur of House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, inspects some of the bells at our installation in Minneapolis, including the smallest bell, in August 2004.

JAMES LILEKS VISITS OUR BELFRY - In August 2008, Tony Hill gives humorist and well-known Minneapolis journalist James Lileks a tour of the belfry. Lileks is well known for his work on this history of downtown Minneapolis. See the video of this tour below.

A GATHERING OF BELL PLAYERS - Dr. Tony Hill, Chair of the Tower Bell Foundation, eighth from left in the back row, attends the 2010 Percival Price Symposium at the Houses of Parliament in Ottawa. At far right is Milford Myhre, longtime carillonneur at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida, honored soloist and master teacher at the event. Dominion Carillonneur Andrea McCrady, MD, is at right in the front.

A FOURTH GENERATION BELLFOUNDER - Harry Van Bergen of Van Bergen Bellfoundries in South Carolina inspects our chime. Mr. Van Bergen's family has been in the bell business for over 150 years.

INTO THE RECORD BOOKS - Carl Scott Zimmerman of St. Louis, a historian of campanology in North America, makes a visit to our chime and takes notes for his web site

CHIME INSPECTION - Three employees of the Verdin Company of Cincinnati inspect our chime. Verdin has been in the bell business since 1842 and performed the conversion of our bells from manual to electronic playing in 1972.

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