I went to a Bell Ringer Choir concert in Bremerton, WA this afternoon. My mother's cousin's son, Fred Gramann conducted a four day workshop which culminated in the sunday concert which he also conducted. There were bell ringers from all across the United States that apparently work in smaller groups and then travel to these events. There were ninety ringers in all.
They played these really huge aluminum bells for the bass parts and long clapper type of bell instruments for other sounds besides the standard brass bells. They also would play the bells with padded sticks around the edges like musical glasses.
Since he has lived in France most of his life I don't believe I ever met him before. I guess he's an international bell ringer guru and composer besides his other musical duties at the American Church of Paris.
I think it would sound awesome in a large cathedral but it might be too difficult for the players to sync to each other.
As this was my first large bell ringer choir concert it was a very interesting and enjoyable afternoon.