Heath Baxter - hails from Cedar Rapids, IA by way of Sioux Falls, SD. Heath has been playing handbells for more than 16 years in numerous church and community bell choirs. He even led a church adult and a children's bell choir for 5 years in Sioux Falls. Heath attends Central Christian Church where he rings the low bass bells in their handbell choir. He works at USAA in information technology as a software developer/analyst. At USAA, he also plays clarinet in the USAA band! He has been a member of River City Ringers since the fall of 2013 and helps out as the webmaster for the website.
Natalie Belew - grew up ringing bells in Waco, Texas at Seventh & James Baptist Church. Besides ringing, she played the viola in orchestras for over ten years. Natalie has a bachelor's degree from Trinity University in History and East Asian Studies and a master's degree from Columbia University in Climate & Society. At Trinity, she rang all four years in the Trinity University Handbell Ensemble, and while in NYC, she rang for both the Riverside Church and the Calvary Baptist Church. In the last year, she has hopped around the country working for the Red Cross and NASA but is now back at Trinity working as the East Asian Studies Program Associate. Wherever she goes next, Natalie plans on finding a way to do something musical. In her spare time, she enjoys running, playing with animals, and keeping up with politics.
Mary Bull - first picked up a handbell in high school and has been playing somewhere ever since! She was a member of the very first handbell choir at Trinity University in the late 70s. She played with Plangentes Dei at St. Andrew's UMC for more than 30 years. She is married to Steven and has three wonderful daughters: Ellen, Emily and Stephanie. She enjoys theatre, traveling and jigsaw puzzles. In her spare time, she is a Senior Account Executive with News 4 and Fox 29 Broadcasting.
Kambi Deuel - started ringing handbells 30 years ago with the Chancel Ringers of Christ Church United Methodist, Charleston, WV. Since moving to San Antonio in late 1998, she has been a member of the Festival Bells Jubilee and Chancel Choirs at Coker UMC. Kambi joined River City Ringers in the spring of 2016. A native of Michigan, Kambi's family (and dogs!) put up with her learning the piano and clarinet as a child. When not working as a medical coder for the Baptist Health System or spending time in music rehearsals, Kambi enjoys walking, reading and spending time exploring around her parent's and brother's homes near Boerne and Kerrville.
Cyndi Erp-Long - began ringing at Christ Lutheran Church of Alamo Heights more than 40 years ago but began ensemble ringing in earnest more than 15 years ago. She occasionally plays solos, duets and small ensembles at church where she also sings in the Sanctuary Choir. She has been involved in music since elementary school, primarily playing clarinet, bass clarinet and flute. She and her husband Dan, enjoy traveling, going to baseball games, and watching Spurs basketball.
Richard Garrett - joined River City Ringers in the fall of 2015 and has been a member of Festival Bells Jubilee, Coker UMC's handbell choir for about 25 years. He and his late wife Judy have two grown children. Now semi-retired from the health insurance industry, he enjoys reading, fishing, and woodworking. Richard is a graduate of Texas A&M and was a proud member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Band.
Mark Hicks - started playing handbells when he became frustrated with his voice changing and put vocal choir on hiatus. Since junior high ("about" 40 years ago), he's played almost every season with at least one bell choir (in Houston, Sherman, and San Antonio). Mark does have a life outside of handbells! His family has a ranch in the Hill Country and he has a very green thumb. He also plays clarinet and, since moving to San Antonio, he's been involved with the production of over 70 plays and musicals - either on stage (the voice lessons helped) or behind the scenes. Mark began ringing with RCR in the fall of 2014 (after helping out as a sub ringer & narrator for several concert seasons) - don't know what took him so long!
Trish Kauhaahaa - is delighted to be back ringing with RCR this season. She is originally from Alberta, Canada but has been in San Antonio since 1995. She began ringing handbells in 2002 with the Lois Fritze Handbell Choir at University United Methodist Church where she also directs the Middle School Bell Choir. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Alberta and worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse for 15 years in the Baptist Health System. She is married to Thomas and has 3 beautiful children that she loves spending time with.
Terrilee Perdue - joined River City Ringers in 2013, and has been ringing handbells since 1997. She began as a charter member of the handbell choir at Northern Hills UMC and is currently a member of handell choirs at University UMC - the Lois Fritze Ringers and the Agape Ringers. She is also a member of the Chancel choir and the church orchestra (flute) at UUMC. She plays the flute in three German bands and plays the bass flute in Fiesta Flutes of SA. She loves music and involves herself in it as much as she can. Terrilee was born and grew up in California where she received a BS in Mathematics from CSU Stanislaus. After moving to Texas, she worked as a computer programmer for 19 years, an optician for 6 years, and is currently employed part-time as a chiropractic assistant and pet sits on the side. She enjoys musical theater, the symphony, and eating at new restaurants. Widowed at 41, Terrilee tries to stay busy.
Heather Schenck-Mason - hails from Louisville, Kentucky. Raised by musician parents, she has played piano and violin along with singing and ringing in several youth and adult choirs at Christ Church United Methodist and St. Matthew's UMC in Louisville, KY. Heather's church family in San Antonio is Coker UMC, where she sings in the Chancel Choir, and is a member of the Festival Bells Jubilee. She works full time in the customer service and computer industries. Happily married for 12 years, she and her husband are raising three beautiful and awesome children. Besides reading, watching movies with the family, and cuddling with her kids and hubby; her passion, for over 40 years, remains handbell ringing. She counts herself blessed to be a member of the River City Ringers since the spring of 2013.
Barbie Senkow - is proud to be a charter member of the River City Ringers Handbell Ensemble. She began ringing bells with "Plangentes Dei" Handbell Choir at St. Andrew's UMC where she also sang in the Sanctuary Choir for over 30 years. Barbie currently attends Coker UMC, where she sings in the Chancel Choir, and is a member of the Bells Jubilee. Barbie worked for Joskes of Texas, Dillards & Solo Serve as a retail buyer for 22 years. She is currently employed in her second career with a financial advisory firm where she is an Officer - Senior Registered Client Associate. In addition to ringing handbells, Barbie enjoys singing in choirs, reading, musical theater, old movies, entertaining & holidays! Barbie is married to Ken - yes really! They have 3 parakeets, Sunflower, Billie and Mickie.
Stacie Silvus-Brown - is a native of San Antonio. She had been involved in music since she was 7 years old. Stacie plays piano and flute. She is currently the Music Specialist at Bob Beard Elementary and the director of the Jubellee Ringers at Trinity United Methodist Church in San Antonio. She has been ringing bells for over 30 years. Her son, Tyler plays trumpet and a little piano. In her spare time, Stacie likes to play with her fur babies, do arts and crafts projects, read, travel, play computer games, and watch Broadway shows.
Heather Westerfield - has been a singer and musician as long as she can remember. Heather grew up singing and playing piano from the age of 7. She attended Texas Lutheran University where she majored in Music Education and sang with TLU's Mixed Choir and was a charter member of Kantorei Chamber Choir. She has taught elementary music for 17 years - 14 at Montgomery Elementary in NEISD and 3 at The Advanced Learning Academy in SAISD where she is also the Euclid campus librarian. She has led children's choir, percussion club, music theater club and Chime Choir. Heather began ringing bells at TLU and after graduation joined the St. Andrew's UMC bell choir, Plangentes Dei. She currently rings at Central Christian Church in San Antonio. She spends her summers working as Assistant Camp Director at Camp Mitre Peak Girl Scout Camp in West Texas. Heather and her husband, Noah live in Seguin and outside of music she enjoys reading, camping and being an ed tech geek.
Jeremy Zoss - loves music. He has sung in many church and school choirs (including 3 acappella groups in college) and now sings with the Praise Band at Northwest Hills UMC. He played piano and trumpet for many years, but less regularly these days. Jeremy works as a Robotics Engineer at Southwest Research Institute, and is currently building the largest robot in the world. He has played handbells for nearly 3 decades, but the highlight was meeting his future wife at a bell rehearsal. When not singing or ringing, Jeremy likes reading, board games, and good food.
Suzanne Zoss - began ringing handbells in the children's choir when she was 11 years old. She took dance lessons through college (tap was her favorite). In high school, in an effort to avoid PE, she joined band (percussion). This led to her becoming the first drummer in the Praise Band at church! She went on to Texas A&M, worked on Aggie Bonfire and got a degree in Meteorology (c/o '02, Whoop!). After graduating, she moved back home and met a new boy in the handbell choir...fast forward to now: we will be celebrating our 14th anniversary next month! After working at Aggie Park for nearly 10 years, she is now a stay-at-home wife with lots of opportunities to volunteer at church and Elf Louise. She currently rings bells in 3 choirs: with her parents and husband at Northwest Hills UMC (her home church), at University UMC, and also River City Ringers. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, crafting, hiking National Parks and playing with her dog Bella.
James Martinez - Percussion Guru - James has played percussion since he was in the sixth grade, and has been the River City Ringers percussion accompanist for the past 9 years. James is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University where he majored in Music Education. He is employed at USAA and volunteers with their concert band. James stays active in the community with his music by playing at local weddings, restaurants, and church retreats, and is a regular guest musician at Central Christian Church.