Larry Sue began ringing in a handbell workshop at a 1987 music conference, followed by sixteen years with the Valley Ringers (Cupertino, CA) and eight years with Son Ringers (Mountain View, CA). He currently directs the Alleluia Ringers (Los Altos United Methodist Church, Los Altos, CA). He has also performed with Bay Bells, one of the longest-running community handbell ensembles on the West Coast. Circumstances, predilections, and incessant adventurousness also have driven him to be a bass ringing specialist, and so he is the Artistic Figurehead of Low Ding Zone, the World’s First Bass-Only Handbell Ensemble. His experience also includes ringing at Distinctly Bronze West and the Bay View Week of Handbells, plus many other local events, as well as the occasionally foray into the area of bass handbell solos.
He is a published handbell composer/arranger, and is the author of the Bass Ringer’s Notebook. His festival conducting experience includes California Spring Rings, the Rogue Valley Handbell Festival, the Redding Handbell Festival, advanced events such as the River City Radical Ring and Redding Bronze. He has been a church musician for most of his life, serving on piano, guitar, clarinet, voice, and electric bass. Conducting and composing in the choral and instrumental ministries have been part of his efforts as well. “On the outside”, he works full time as a software engineer, with sidelines in music teaching, piano tuning, and running his own music company.
He and his wife Carla, one of the best ringers from England, have started on the adventure of making videos of their four-in-hand eight-bell duets, which they are selling at http://www.choraegus.com/wordpress/ring/eight-bell-music/.