Danny Lyons is a solo handbell artist, handbell director, composer, and clinician, and he is the inventor of a method of playing 8-in-hand and has named it “Danny’s 8”. He has been the director/clinician at numerous handbell festivals, including the Florida State Handbell Festival, Music Week at The College of Southern Idaho,, the Vermont State Handbell Festival, Lake Junaluska (twice), and Texas Conference Choir Clinic. Danny currently is the handbell director at Christ Episcopal Church, plays in the quartet “Bellissimo”, is accepting teaching and directing positions nationally, and performs as as a soloist. He is now retired from a 45 year career as a piano technician and rebuilder, and has been the Malmark representative for Florida and southern Alabama since 2008. He lives in Pensacola with his 2 dogs — Nicky, a Golden Retriever and Koby, a Whippet.

Carillon on Nettleton (handbell solo/duet/trio/quartet)

CARILLON ON NETTLETON - arr. Danny Lyons - handbell solo/duet/trio/quartet

This lovely arrangement of "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" was premiered at the 2011 Solo / Ensemble Extravaganza (SEE) by the arranger, who used an impressive 8-in-hand setup to perform the piece as a solo. Add more ringers and/or perform on handbell tree to make the piece more accessible (or, if you're feeling ambitious, the arranger has included instructions for how to set up the bells to ring 8-in-hand) for use in worship or concert.

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