First Baptist Church
   Governors Drive SW at Stanford Drive
   Huntsville, Alabama, USA
   LL: N 34.72068, W 86.58829
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   Darrell Eldridge
   C: (256)656-4528
*Past carillonists:
    1987 ded. Richard Watson   (C)
   1987-2020 Michael C. Moore
   1987-1994 Michael G. Dell
   1994-1996 Jonathan Crutchfield
   1999-2008 Dan Lawhon


   Dr.Esther Kim,
     Associate Minister of Music/Organist
   First Baptist Church
   600 Governors Drive SW
   Huntsville, AL  35801-5128
   T: (256)428-9400   F: (256)428-9402


   Sunday services and special events;
   daily during Advent


   Frame & keyboard designed for 61 bells.
   Freestanding steeple is the tallest
   prefabricated structure of its type
   in the world; elevator to playing cabin.
   Practice console by Verdin in choir
   room.  Original church bell from prior
   location on display outside church.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 48 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  2 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C C   /    C C 24
   There is one missing bass semitone
   There is an identical practice console
   The whole instrument was installed in 1987
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Auxiliary mechanisms: S4IEO2
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                 (unknown)
     Height of lowest level of bells:   (unknown)
     Height of highest level of bells:  (unknown)
     Belfry openness:  70%
   Year of latest technical information source is 2020

The church Website once had a video about the building, which include extensive views from a drone flying around the tower.  The video itself is now available here (4:55); the original bell is at the base of the tower.  The carillon is first seen at 1:43; there are closer views at 3:45 and 4:05.
There once was also an illustrated page about the carillon and steeple.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by weight.
Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American concert class carillons by year of completion.

Other concert carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

Index to all traditional carillons in AL.

Index to all tower bell instruments in AL.

   This page was built from the database on 31-Dec-20
   based on textual data last updated on 2020/12/31
   and on technical data last updated on 2020/08/15

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