Adam Syed - was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but at age one moved to Midland, Texas. He spent the majority of his childhood playing videogames and soccer. He began piano lessons at the age of five but quit by age nine (a decision he now regrets). Fortunately, for his music talents, he returned to music, beginning to play guitar at age twelve and has been strumming to his own rhythms ever since.
Adam began his undergraduate studies at Trinity University in physics and computer science, but switched to music composition, where he has been studying with Brian Bondari. Adam will graduate in December 2017 with a Bachelor of Music Degree, with a concentration in Composition. His hobbies include attempting to learn the saxophone and Chinese violin, participating in a traditional Indian folk dance known as bhangra, and convincing his friends that playing handbells is a noble pursuit.
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 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, live theater, old movies, entertaining & holidays! Barbie is married to Ken - yes really! They have 3 parakeets, Sunflower, Mikie and Billie.
Cathy Norwood - began ringing with River City Ringers in the fall of 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Valdosta State University in 2004 and has enjoyed performing in various community and church choirs in several States. She ventured into the world of handbells four years ago and quickly fell in love! She moved from Phoenix to San Antonio in 2015 with her husband and their three children. Her husband, Ben is a pilot in the Air National Guard & Delta Airlines. Cathy is currently employed as a full-time mother!
Cyndi Erp-Long - began ringing at Christ Lutheran Church of Alamo Heights more than 30 years ago, but began ensemble ringing in earnest approximately ten 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 enjoys traveling and watching Spurs basketball.
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.
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 United Methodist Church 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. She works full time in the customer service and computer industries. Happily married for 10 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 30 years, remains handbell ringing. She counts herself blessed to be a member of the River City Ringers since the spring of 2013.
Kambi Deuel - started ringing handbells 29 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.
Keri Robertson - teaches 5th grade at Randolph Elementary School and is active in her church. She started playing handbells as a child in her home church at the age of 10 and has been ringing ever since! Before joining River City Ringers in the spring of 2007, she subbed with the Houston Bronze Ensemble. In her free time, Keri enjoys playing the piano and scrapbooking.
Lacey Ward - is excited to be ringing with RCR for her second season. She started ringing at First UMC in Missouri City, TX at the age of 8, and now plays at Northwest Hills UMC. She is in the U.S. Navy, which has given her the opportunity to play with 10 different handbell choirs across 6 different states (when not out to sea). In her free time, she enjoys reading, running in triathlons, and taking advantage of being in Texas to spend time with her family.
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 from Houston, he's been involved with the production of over 70 plays and musicals - either on stage (the voice lessons helped) or behind the scenes. He does find time to work, too! 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!
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 when someone found the bells in a storage room and said, "Hey! Let's play bells!" 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 - on both sides of the footlights, traveling and jigsaw puzzles. In her spare time, she is a Senior Account Executive in media sales.
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 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.
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.
Terrilee Perdue - has been ringing handbells for almost 17 years. She began as a charter member of the handbell choir at Northern Hills UMC and is currently a member of two separate University UMC handbell choirs--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 is a member of Fiesta Flutes where she also plays the bass flute. 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 Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from California State University at 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 as a professional pet sitter. Terrilee enjoys musical theater, the symphony, working very difficult number puzzles, and eating at new restaurants. Widowed at 41, Terrilee tries to stay busy.
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.
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.