Mr. Jeff Marsh
Conductor of the Lexington Ringers
Mr. Jeff Marsh has been involved in handbells since 1980 when he discovered the art of handbell ringing through an advanced church ensemble conducted by his music/life mentor: Lois Dale McCoy. Since then he has traveled to many national events such as Pinnacle 2004 (HMA) and The Bay View Week of Handbells where he performed under the batons of Donald Allured, Carl Wiltze, and Fred Gramann. He has also done workshops with The Raleigh Ringers at the Capitol Area Handbell Festival in Raleigh, NC, and participated in the Raleigh Ringer Read And Ring, a sight reading event for advanced players. He was also involved in bringing the Raleigh Ringers to the Bluegrass in 2007 for a heavily attended concert. Jeff has worked in the Bluegrass area for three decades promoting the art of handbell ringing through community groups and supporting churches of all faiths with their handbell programs assisting in several ways: finding sub ringers, repairing handbells, and occasionally conducting.
He started the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish handbell program in 2006 with his own set of Schulmerich bells and in 2009, he located a set of bells for that parish, which he taught the players how to refurbish and maintain. Jeff conducted that ensemble until 2012. He is the first conductor of The Lexington Ringers, which he helped start in January 2010, when he joined The Lexington Singers. While the art of handbell ringing provides plenty of fun, the team work aspect (one instrument played by many ringers) and the group dynamic are what he enjoys the most. Jeff holds an Electrical Tech degree from UK and is self-employed through his business, Marsh Refrigeration. He is married to Amy Black, soprano.