The EKCO Ringers, Ed Krzes and Cheryl Onesky, started ringing handbells in the late 1990s. They are based in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Ed and Cheryl met and briefly played together in the North Shore Community Handbell Choir, then teamed up in 2003 to expand into ensemble work. Ed created the logo by warping their initials into the shape of a handbell, and the EKCO Ringers duet team was born!
Ed and Cheryl ring with three church choirs and are members of the community group Stow Heritage Ringers (SHR), as well as Stow Heritage's small ensemble Joyful Bronze. They are also involved in a handbell trio and Cheryl rings solos. The EKCO Ringers have performed locally for luncheons, meetings, parties and weddings, and also at conferences such as the Solo and Ensemble Extravaganza (SEE) in Colorado Springs. They would love to perform for you, too.
The repertoire is a blend of hymns, classics, and well-known tunes. The EKCO Ringers perform on four octaves of Schulmerich handbells and three octaves of Malmark handchimes.