Co-Director of Choral Bells
Bill Waggener has been part of the music staff of the CUCC for over 40 years, during which he has been responsible for a recorder ensemble, a junior-senior high school choir, the Chancel Choir, a brass ensemble, and handbell choirs; currently, he works with the handbell program and assists the lay leader of the CUCC Brass Ensemble. His first association with the CUCC was with his trumpet during his Pomona College years.
The Choral Bells are composed of over two dozen members ringing as a double choir with at least two sets of handbells. Over the years, members of this group have traveled throughout the US to attend handbell events sponsored by the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (now known as the Handbell Musicians of America); members have also represented the CUCC at a number of International Handbell Symposia in Canada, Australia, England, and the US, and have participated in the annual Candlelight Procession and Ceremony at Disneyland for the last 20 years.
Bill has been involved in church music since 1964. He holds a BA in music from Pomona College and an MA in music from the Claremont Graduate University as well as two graduate degrees in the biological sciences. He has been involved in the AGEHR for almost 40 years and has served on the Area XII (CA-NV-HI) Board and recently completed a term as Director At Large on the national Board. He and his wife Lee have been conductors and clinicians at numerous local, national, and international handbell events. He spent his professional career in secondary and higher education, retiring as chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences at Mt. San Antonio College. He occasionally comes partly out of retirement to teach his courses in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology – when not traveling with Lee or spending time at their cabin in the Sierra Nevada mountains.