Architect David Richter drawing of proposed bell tower (above)
Online Giving is available by CLICKING HERE. "Bell Tower" is the first choice in the "Purpose" dropdown menu.
Symphony: $100,000 - $499,999
Concerto: $25,000 - $99,999
Sonata: $5,000 - $24,999
Bronze: $1,000 - $4,999
($1000/nameplate on a stair; limited number)
Foundry: $125 - $999
($125/brick paver, to be placed on front lawn
Striker: $1 - $124
(Wrist bands available)
Donor Form for Printing (click here)
As part of our fundraising drive, we are offering commemorative bricks to place on the front lawn in the bell tower area. For the Foundry Level of giving for our Bell Tower Funding Drive we are making available for purchase engraved, customized 4x8 bricks. These bricks can be in celebration of special occasions, weddings, anniversaries, births, in honor of family or friends or to memorialize a loved one.
Bricks are $125 each and have space for 3 lines of engraved text, eighteen characters per line, for your customized message. Every brick and its wording has a lifetime guarantee to ensure its preservation for generations to come. (We reserve the right to final editing for the sake of continuity and decorum.)
You may also purchase an authentic Donor Certificate for $10, or a commemorative Donor Brick for $25. Donor Bricks are a 4"x8"x2 1/4" thick exact duplicate of the brick that you purchase. The brick will have a felt backing and will include a stand, so you can proudly display it in your home or office.
Through our combined faith, hard work, and generosity, and with the glory of God's Word in song to lead us, we know that First Baptist Corpus Christi will continue to be a real community of compassionate Jesus followers.
Thank you for your prayers and contributions.
For detailed information on each bell (pitch, diameter, weight, & inscription), please see this PDF document:
Bell Information & Inscriptions
Questions or comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out these sites for more explanation of the carillon and to hear music played on the carillon:
The Carillon of St. Colman's Cathedral Cobh
Westerkerk Carillon - Johann Sebastian Bach - Toccata in D minor
Glasscock Memorial Carillon and Bell Tower
First Baptist Church in Corpus Christi received the gift of our bell tower and carillon from Mrs. Lucille Glasscock in 1976. The carillon was played after worship services, before and after weddings, and at summer concerts. Guest carillonneurs would come from around the world to provide concerts. The church and community enjoyed the carillon for a number of years, but by the 1990's it became clear that the coastal environment was not friendly to the structure. The remaining funds in the designated gift account have not been adequate to cover the full costs of maintenance. The structure was built without factoring the heat, humidity, and salt air of the Coastal Bend and its location on the bayfront.
On June 10, 2002, a bell fell from the tower and several bells were at risk of falling. Due to safety considerations, the bells were removed, and now they are kept in a safe, secure location. The bell tower stood for a decade longer before it was deemed unsafe, at which time the church membership voted to take it down and make plans to replace it with a structure that will meet the demands of our sub-tropical climate.
The bell tower that has been a significant landmark on Ocean Drive for almost four decades was removed on November 3, 2015. A fundraising campaign is currently underway to rebuild the bell tower. No construction will occur without raising the funds necessary for the project. We are asking that whatever you consider giving be above your normal tithe or gift to the ongoing budget requirements of the church.
About the Instrument
The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) defines a carillon as "a musical instrument consisting of at least two octaves of carillon bells played from a keyboard. A carillon bell is a cast bronze cup-shaped bell."
The carillonneur or carillonist is the title of the musician who plays the carillon. The carillonneur/carillonist usually sits in a cabin beneath the bells and presses down, with a loosely closed fist, on a series of baton-like keys arranged in the same pattern as a piano keyboard. The keys activate levers and wires that connect directly to the bells' clappers. In addition to the manual keys, the heavier bells are also played with a pedal keyboard.These notes can either be played with the hands or the feet.