Chris Nabors is the founding director of Cast of Bronze and has served as the director of the Elliott Handbell Ensemble of Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas since November, 2003. He studied music education at the University of North Texas, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Masters of Business Administration from Baylor University.
Mr. Nabors was introduced to handbells by his father, Dr. Oran R. Nabors, who was one of the pioneers of handbell ringing in the Dallas area in the early 1960's and former editor of Overtones magazine.
Mr. Nabors has been directing handbell ensembles since 1981, and has served on the staff of three Dallas area Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) churches. This service included a position as the Director of Handbells at Northway Christian Church, Dallas, Texas, where he directed three adult handbell ensembles and one youth choir. He is the founding director of Cast of Bronze, a nationally recognized community handbell ensemble from Dallas, Texas. He has frequently served as a clinician or festival director in the region. He is the current president of the Greater Dallas Handbell Association, member of the Handbell Musicians of America, has composed and arranged music for handbells and was a member of the Dallas Handbell Ensemble (David R. Davidson, Director).
Lynn began ringing consistently in 1988. Besides enjoying ringing with Cast of Bronze she is also a member of the Elliott Handbell Ensemble at Highland Park Presbyterian Church and the Ruth Greer Handbell Ensemble at 1st Presbyterian Church of Richardson. Lynn has attended many handbell festivals and seminars including Pinnacle, Distinctly Bronze and the National Seminar for Handbell Musicians of America. Lynn is married to Charles and they have a daughter, Jasmine. Lynn is employed as a senior accountant for a hotel management company.
Gayle Nabors is a charter member of Cast of Bronze and has been ringing handbells since she became a part of the Nabors' family in 1984. Gayle is married to the founder of Cast of Bronze, Chris Nabors. Gayle loves to spend her free time with her family and 3 fur babies at the family lake house.
Becca has been playing handbells since around 1987 and is one of the original members of Cast of Bronze. Music has always been a passion of hers. She has a degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas and taught as a band director for 15 years. Becca also has a degree in Special Education and has taught special needs children for years. She currently live in Celina, Texas with her awesome husband and two wonderful children and is working in the Celina school district.
Has been ringing handbells since 1994, playing in her mom's children's choir in Marietta, Georgia. She continued to ring in Children's, youth, and adult handbell chorus until she graduated high school. She then went on to be a member of the Carillon Handbell Ensemble at the University of Southern Mississippi for 5 years. She has also been a member of the East Texas Handbell Ensemble under the direction of Arnold Sherman. Grace is currently a 4th grade reading and science teacher in HEBISD. She lives in Fort Worth with her husband, Michael. Cast of Bronze played at their wedding in October of 2016.
Amber White started ringing bells in her church handbell choir in high school. Since then she has rung in multiple choirs including Rebellion and Bells in Motion. She also enjoys solo ringing. She has been playing in Cast of Bronze since moving to Dallas in 2014. Amber works as a private practice dietitian. She and her husband, Nick and son Pierce live in Richardson Texas.
Carla Ivey, a founding member of Cast of Bronze, began playing handbells in 1993 at Northway Christian Church under the direction of Chris Nabors. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, gardening and home improvement projects. She holds a BBA in Marketing from Texas Tech and is president of Ivey Lumber Sales. She is mom to three adult children and two rescue dogs
Stacey Nabors Henley, daughter of Oran R. Nabors, a pioneer in Handbell ringing in America, is a charter member of Cast of Bronze. She has been ringing handbells since she was 5 years old, ringing at festivals when she was 8. She did demonstrations and solo ringing in Japan and rang with her family and other choirs in Thailand. She has been a Handbell ringer in youth choirs in churches throughout Texas. Her Handbell career also included solo ringing and directing. Stacey works as a pediatric nurse in Fort Worth where she lives with her husband, Robert and is the mother of 3 young adults. She has a passion for animals of all kinds and baseball, especially watching her boys play.
George began his career as a church musician in 1966, and has served in churches in California and Texas. He started directing handbells in 1975. Currently, he is a retired Texas educator and the Organist and Handbell Director at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church in Richardson, Texas. Additionally, he has served on the board of the Greater Dallas Handbell Association. When asked to audition for the Cast of Bronze, he quickly said, “Yes,” and continues to enjoy his time with this handbell ensemble.
Mike Jackson is a family physician in private practice in Rockwall TX. He began ringing handbells in 1996 and has played in many church choirs and a few community ensembles. He also enjoys singing and playing woodwind instruments.
Ryan Nabors has been a full member of Cast of Bronze since 2014 but he has also performed with them previously as a percussionist. As a 3rd generation handbell ringer, handbells have always been a part of his life. Some of his fondest memories growing up have been attributed to handbells. Ryan's only formal musical training comes from his high school marching band as a member of the drumline. He then went on to study graphic design at Baylor University and then later became certified as an EMT in Texas. Ryan now lives in Garland, Texas with his wife Taylor, their son Wesson, daughter Adair and their 2 border collies (Jetta and Oakley).
Sueda Luttrell began ringing at First Baptist Church, Lufkin, Texas, during her high school years. More recently, she has served as a handbell instructor for Greater Dallas Handbell Association, Chorister’s Guild, Church Music Institute, Handbell Musicians of America, and Baylor University’s Alleluia Conference (Summer 2018). She was also a committee member for the 2010 Handbell and Handchime Notation Guide. Sueda received the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance from Baylor University and currently holds the position of Organist/Music Associate at Gambrell Street Baptist Church in Fort Worth. She is married to Jeff Luttrell and is the mom of Meredith Luttrell-Hord and Grace Alotto, her stand-mate in Cast of Bronze.
Jacob Rha has been ringing handbells for just over a year. He began ringing with the Baylor Bronze handbell ensemble during his undergraduate years. Jacob graduated from Baylor in May 2017 with a BBA in Economics and Mathematics. He currently works as a Medical Scribe at UT-Southwestern Medical Center and is applying to medical school this year. He enjoys traveling, running, and playing volleyball.
Russell Almand has been ringing handbells since 2008 and started with Cast of Bronze in January of 2018. Russell previously rang with the Madrigal Handbell Choir at Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, WI while studying to become a pastor. He currently is studying for a Master of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and plans to go into full time pastoral ministry following graduation. Besides handbells, Russell enjoys playing the piano, singing on the worship team at church, and playing volleyball.