Sharon Blades, a founding member of Joyful Sound, began ringing in the 1980s at Christ Indianapolis UMC, where she still rings, sings, and teaches Sunday school. She has two children and four grandchildren, and shares her home with one spoiled cat. She is a retired St. Francis hospice nurse.
Eleanor has been playing bells since 2009, and rang with Purdue Bells during college. She studied multidisciplinary engineering at Purdue and now works as a design engineer in Franklin. Eleanor likes to spend her free time outdoors; she and her partner have hiked every Indiana state park and enjoy exploring new places.
Tom first started ringing handbells at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis. He and his wife, Lora Lee, are founding members of Joyful Sound, and their wedding was our first gig. Tom is employed by DFAS as an IT specialist and enjoys cruising, exploring the hills of Kentucky, and homebrewing.
Erin learned to play handbells in the 6th grade. Erin directed her college handbell choirs and enjoys both solo and ensemble ringing. She has played with various handbell choirs in central Indiana over the years. Erin is a scientist at Indiana University School of Medicine and an advocate for science education and science communication. She spends her non-working/non-handbell hours taking care of her family, being active outdoors, reading books, playing games, and eating chocolate.
Darrell has more than 30 years of handbell-ringing experience, having rung and directed choirs at Wesley, Beech Grove, and Christ (Westfield) United Methodist Churches. Before joining Joyful Sound in 2004, he rang for three years in the former Indianapolis Handbell Ensemble. Darrell also enjoys ringing solos and is retired.
Leanna is in her 20th year of playing bells. She has a degree in music education from the University of Indianapolis and in Christian ministries from United Theological Seminary. Leanna works at Bona Vista/Developmental Services, Inc. She loves spending time with her family, playing instruments, and reading.
June is the founder and director of Joyful Sound. She has a music education degree, where her major instrument was organ. She has directed youth, adult and intergenerational handbell choirs for the past 36 years. June has served as the Indiana state chair, chair-elect, chair, past chair and event planner for Area 5 and served on the National Board for Handbell Musicians of America. She has taught classes for local, state, area and national events and has been a mass conductor for several local events. June recently retired as organist and music director at Old Bethel United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, where she served for the past 21 years. June is married to Jim Hannah and has a daughter and twin grandsons.
Myrna is a founding member and a graduate of the University of Indianapolis with a degree in music education. She is currently the director of traditional worship at Old Bethel UMC, where she serves as organist and directs the Chancel Choir and Bells of Old Bethel. She is married to Dave, a UM pastor serving in Shelby County, and they enjoy spending time with family, especially the two younger grandchildren, Lillian and Ethan.
Curt has been playing handbells since 1990 and is a founding member of Joyful Sound. He is also a percussionist, and plays with a concert band in the summer when he’s not playing bells. He is a mechanical engineer, from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, and tests aircraft engines at Rolls-Royce. In his spare time, he enjoys bicycle and motorcycle riding, reading, home improvement, and nature.
Beth has been ringing handbells since the age of 8. She is a member of the Chancel Bells at Meridian Street UMC and the director of the children's bell choir there. Beth enjoys ringing bell solos as well. She is a math support teacher at The Orchard School. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Craig, as well as sewing, baking, and gardening.