See and hear us at Brookgreen Gardens' "Nights of a Thousand Candles" December 5-7


Lowcountry Auditioned
Community Handbell Ensemble

Holiday Concert Schedule



December 1 Summerville Baptist Church Concert at 4 PM - Free

December 5-7 - "Nights of a Thousand Candles" Brookgreen Gardens, Pawley's Island, SC . 3 concerts each night beginning at 4:30 PM - Tickets for the event required

December 13 - South Bay, Mt. Pleasant, SC 7:00 PM - Private concert

December 14 - Southern Palms Community  - 7:00 PM Private Concert 

December 20 - Summerville Orchestra Holiday Concert - 7:00 PM - Summers Corner Performing Arts Center - Concert Tickets required

Some of our Music

The First Noel, Christmas Eve Sarajevo, Wizards in Winter, All I Want for Christmas is You!, Deck the Halls, Stille Nacht, Parade of the Tin Soldiers and more...

Hope to see you there!!

About Us


The Lowcountry's Premiere Handbell Ensemble

Palmetto Bronze is an auditioned handbell ensemble that seeks to encourage others to explore the unique musical medium of handbells.  We ring exciting music of many genres and styles : classical, original compositions, pop, jazz, patriotic, Broadway show tunes and movie themes - Always bringing smiles to the faces of our listeners! 


A huge assortment of bells and chimes!

Palmetto Bronze plays on 7 octaves of Schulmerich and Malmark Bells, 6 octaves of Malmark chimes, 3 octaves of Early Trusonic bells, 2 1/2 octaves of duplicates Malmark bells and 2 octaves of Mass Rowe bells.  We rehearse on Sundays from 5:30-7:30 PM in the Handbell Room at Summerville Baptist Church


501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization

Palmetto Bronze is directed by Marcia J. Brantley of Summerville, SC. Our members come from all over the Lowcountry and from all walks of life. We all share a love of handbells and enjoy the challenge that comes from playing exciting music with accuracy and musicality. We sponsor the Lowcountry Handbell Workshop annually bringing in a nationally known clinician and offering classes and massed ringing. We are a qualified non-profit organization.

Palmetto Bronze Performances

Palmetto Bronze Has Played for:

  •  Handbell Musicians of America (formerly AGEHR) National Seminar in Atlanta, GA - July 16, 2014
  • Georgia Spring Ring 2017
  • At Large concert/session at the South Carolina Music Educator's In Service Conference, 2014, 2015 and 2018
  • Piccolo Spoleto 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • North Charleston Arts Festival 2010 - 2013, 2016
  • Pre-concert Music - Charleston Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops 2017

Palmetto Bronze Has also played for:

  • Living Springs Lutheran Church - Columbia, SC 2017
  • Church of the Resurrection - Surfside Beach, SC 2017
  • Joint Concert with Carolina Bronze - Greenville, SC 2017
  • Nights of a Thousand Candles - Pawley's Island, SC 2011-2016
  • Bethel UMC - Charleston, SC 2017
  • Christ St. Paul's Church - Hollywood, SC Holiday 2013-2016

Directed by



Marcia J. Brantley

Palmetto Bronze is under the direction  of Marcia J. Brantley. Mrs. Brantley holds a Bachelor of Music degree  from Furman University and has been teaching and directing Handbells for  over 30 years. Before she retired, she was the Handbell  director/teacher at Rollings Middle School of the Arts in Summerville,  SC. In addition to directing Palmetto Bronze, she is currently employed  as Pianist and Handbell Coordinator/Director by Summerville Baptist  Church where she plays for services and ensembles and directs adult and  children's Handbell ensembles. She also directs a Ladies SSA vocal  ensemble and helps to direct the Low Country Singing Christmas Tree. She  has studied conducting under Dr. William Payn and served as clinician  for various seminars and workshops. 


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Palmetto Bronze

202 Caveson Dr, Summerville, SC 29483

(843) 729-6275

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