In 1996, seven of Barb Walsh's former students decided they wanted to continue ringing. They formed a group called "B Sharps" and rang two octaves of bells. Inspired by a group called "Tintinnabulations" at the Twelfth Night Handbell Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, the group decided to choose a new name. A misunderstanding of Latin conjugation occurred, and the name Tintabulations was created. Since then, Barb has recruited bell ringers from all walks of life to join the ensemble, and it has grown ever since.
A quick glance at Tintab's roster begins to tell the tale of the groups diversity, with members ranging in age from 18 to 60+ and commuting from as far away as Incline Village and Carson City. The group performs music ranging from classic church hymns to jazz and showtunes, proving that bell ringers from any age or background can turn a simple set of bells into an impressive music making force.
Tintabulations has performed locally and internationally. Highlights include the annual Spirit of the Season concert with the Reno Philharmonic, the 2013 National Handbell Seminar in Portland, OR, the 2016 International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver, Canada, and of course Disneyland.