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Cast of Bronze, handbell ensemble from Dallas makes stop in Paris

Cast of Bronze, a 16 member auditioned community handbell ensemble from Dallas, Texas, will be performing on their 11th annual summer concert tour at First Christian Church in Paris on Monday, June 25th at 7:00 p.m. This year’s program entitled “Aria” features  original handbell compositions by Bill Payn, Hart Morris, Arnold Sherman and many others. We will play polkas and marches, classical and sacred music and many familiar classics.

Come and join us for a fun-filled informal and interactive concert that is free and open to the public. Come see and hear the largest handbells ever manufactured. Following the concert, members of the audience will be invited to come and ring bells or chimes and ask questions of the ringers and director.

Cast of Bronze performs on 318 handbells and chimes including: 7 octaves of American made Schulmerich handbells, 7 octaves of Malmark Choir Chimes, 5 octaves of English made Whitechapel handbells, 3 octaves of Dutch made Petit and Fritzen handbells and 2.5 octaves of DeskSet bells.

Renowned for their musicianship and technical prowess, Cast of Bronze has delighted audiences in concerts throughout Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas. They performed in 11 concerts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, been a featured performing ensemble for the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers National Seminar, Plano Civic Chorus, Dallas Women’s Chorus, American Guild of Organists and have commissioned advanced music for handbells. Cast of Bronze released their first CD titled “Opening Night”.


Chris Nabors is the founder and director of Cast of Bronze. He studied music education at the University of North Texas, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Masters of Business Administration from Baylor University.

Mr. Nabors was introduced to handbells by his father, Dr. Oran R. Nabors, who was one of the pioneers of handbell ringing in the Dallas area in the early 1960′s and former editor of Overtones magazine.

Mr. Nabors has been directing handbell ensembles since 1981, and has served on the staff of three Dallas area Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) churches. This service included a position as the Director of Handbells at Northway Christian Church, Dallas, Texas, where he directed three adult handbell ensembles and one youth choir. He has been the director of the Elliott Handbell Ensemble of Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas since November, 2003. He has frequently served as a clinician or festival director in the region. He is a former president of the Greater Dallas Handbell Association, member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers and a former member of the Dallas Handbell Ensemble (David R. Davidson, Director).



Cast of Bronze is a handbell ensemble dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in music and the promotion of the art of ringing handbells.


Enlighten audiences with the performance of advanced sacred and secular handbell music;

Enhance church services by achieving high quality musical offerings of advanced handbell music appropriate for worship;

Promote the art of handbell ringing through sponsoring and participating in concerts, workshops and festivals;

Encourage and commission handbell composers and arrangers to create and publish music for advanced handbell ensembles;

And have fun and fellowship with fellow handbell ringers.

Paris ISD students place high at Future Problem Solvers International Conference

Paris ISD Future Problem Solvers won two championships at the FPS international competition at Indiana University. Zain Syed won both first place and grand champion titles of the Junior Individual Community Problem Division with Campaign EPIDEMIC.

Operation Second Chance took first place in the Intermediate Team Community Problem Solving division. Paige Dixon, Matthew Draeger, Damian Granberry, Thomas Zimmerman and Christo­pher Nash made up the team.

Other Paris ISD competitors placed high in competition. The problem solving team of Andi Bawcum, Allison Ensey, Maddy Struve and Elle Hussey placed 17th out of 63 senior division teams.

The team of Rhiannon Chambers, Olivia Palomares, Emily Mason and Miranda Lester were finalists, as was the team of Taylor Bills, Daron Williamson, Riley Kee and Warren Blackmon.

The team of KeShauwn Ellis, Zachary De La Garza, Reagan Stone and Lucas Grossnickle placed 16th out of 58 junior division teams.

Photographed sitting from the left are Coach Jennifer Simmons, Damian Granberry, Matthew Draeger, Allison Ensey, Elle Hussey, Coach Sandra Strom, Riley Kee, Taylor Bills, Olivia Palomares, Emily Mason, Coach Debb Fleming, Rhiannon Chambers, and Zain Syed. Standing are Thomas Zimmerman, Paige Dixon, KeShauwn Ellis, Lucas Grossnickle, Reagan Stone, Maddy Struve, Warren Blackmon, Daron Williamson, and Miranda Lester.

Project Deport Announces Freedom Festival Plans

PROJECT DEPORT met on June 18, 2012 in the Hale Glover Community Center to finalize plans for their Annual Freedom Festival. The Open Meeting was opened by Juanita Sparks, Executive Director of the Organization. The only item on the agenda was the Annual Freedom Festival, which will begin at 6:00pm on Wednesday, July 4th.

In addition to the longest Fire Works Show in NE Texas, this year Project Deport will be introducing and Arts and Craft Show which will be held in the Hale Glover Community Center. Also new to the Festival this year is the use of American Legion Facilities and Charles Foster Park. A large part of the activities will be held within the walking track and Pavilion. The Deport Volunteer Fire Department will be providing a comfort station.

Also this year, Non-Food Vendors will be set up in the American Legion selling clothing jewelry items and crafts.  Numerous contests including the annual Ice Cream Contest as well as Sack Races, Egg Toss, Bingo; Cake Walk; and a spitting contest will be going on throughout the evening.

There will be the traditional Kid’s Carnival running until 8:45.  Also for the kids this year is a water slide and a Sand Pile of Money Grab that will take place during the evening. There will be live music playing all evening under the Pavilion of Foster Park and following the Fire Works, The Plank Spankers will be playing for a dance. There will also be a Movie on The Wall that evening following the Fireworks. The Movie Selection is Grease.

This year’s Freedom Festival promises to be the best yet, for more information on how you can help, projectdeport@yahoo.com or facebook:/proj deport, or by calling 903 652 4419.

Project Deport to Host Fine Arts/Crafts Show at the Freedom Festival

Project Deport will be hosting a Fine Arts/Crafts Show on July 4th from 6-9pm at the Hale Glover Community Center, downtown Deport, Texas. The show is open to any and all, and Artists are asked to bring their pieces for display on Monday and Tuesday, July 2nd and 3rd between 2-6pm to the Hale Glover Community Center. Pieces may be picked up on Thursday from 2-6pm or by appointment. Any type of Art or Craft will be accepted, including but not limited to, paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and three-dimensional art; sewing, woodwork, furniture, needle work, jewelry, and crafts. For more information, e-mail projectdeport@yahoo.com or find on facebook:/proj deport, or call 903 652 4419.

Project Deport to Host Vendor Booth at Freedom Festival

Project Deport will be providing Vendor Booths in the American Legion during the Freedom Festival, July 4th beginning at 6pm.  Vendors who carry clothing, jewelry, and crafts are welcome.  There is no charge for Booth Rental, but space is limited and must be reserved by July 1st.  Only Non-Food Vendors are allowed.  Any Organization or Group that would like to provide information tables are also welcome to participate.  For more information,projectdeport@Yahoo.com; faceboo:/proj deport or by calling 903-652-4419.

PHS Opens Tennis Courts

Paris High School will be opening their tennis courts during the months of June and August.  The schedule and times are below.

Paris High School Open Tennis Courts

Dates: Mon. & Wed., June 18 – August 22

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Crowds of people gather for a worship service on the Plaza

On the evening of June 19, from 7pm to 9pm, people gathered around the Culbertson fountain to sing songs of praise with churches from the area.

The service was presented by Paris Main Street and Orange Chapel Baptist Church.  Pastor of Orange Chapel, Shannon McGuire led the event, while Shannon Jones helped with the organization.

Below is a gallery of photos shot by eParis Extra’s managing editor, Josh Allen.