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Wascana Centre

Knox-Metropolitan United Church

Regina Arts Commission



Tower Bell Program

Wayne Tunison

Kiet Truong

Patrick Johnson

Heather Britton

Steven Chamberlain



Handbell Program

Shelly Howse

Carol Chernishenko



Website:  http://www2.regina.ism.ca/bells/index.htm


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Apprenticeship Information

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Darke Memorial Chimes


Fall Concert Series -  1998



Noon Hours

October 05 - October 10



F. Wayne Tunison


Wayne is the father of four children and the mentor to many in the bell tower.  This concert is a part of his fulfillment of the continuous responsibility. 


Wayne’s 19 year old son, William, moved to Budapest to acquire the fine strategic points of water polo.  Wayne and two of his daughters, Julia and Yolande, made a journey through Bavaria, Austria and Hungary to witness some of William’s environment.  Many songs have resulted from this journey including the lovely  Bach Cantata excerpts  especially discovered for Anna the sister left behind. 


The bell tower is beginning a new golden age, oddly enough powered by women, traditionally a minority in the tower.  (Note:  the first women Regina Bell Ringer was Dr. Beth Blachford (1970)).  To show that women have always had a significant place in music, Wayne is unearthing music that is composed by women.  ‘I’ve always tended to enjoy the female expressions,’ says Wayne, ‘like Mitchell, Slick, Finley, Lunch and Ono.’  As the women come out of the closet we called the tower, I hope they will add to this list of favorites.’ 


For various reasons, music associated with death has crept into this and its associated content.


Finally, Larry Peterson, one of our composers, continues to write inspiring music which Wayne is proud to present.




F. Wayne Tunison





1.     Psalm of Approach            F. Wayne Tunison (b. 1953)

2.     Song of the Fathers               Henry Lawes (1595-1662)

3.     Rathbon                            Ithamar Conkey (1815-1867)

4.     Doversdale                         Samuel Stanley (1767-1822)

5.     St. Celilia              Leighton George Hayne (1836-1883)

6.     Misericordia             Henry Thomas Smart (1813-1870)

7.     Seelenbrautigam                     Adam Drese (1620-1701)

8.     Bowden              Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)

9.     Salvator Mundi                            W. Hine (1687-1730)

10. Sagina                           Thomas Campbell (1777-1844)

11. Daydream #14                         Larry Peterson (b. 1952)

12. Beatitudo                            John Bacchus Dykes (1823-1876)

13. Old Rugged Cross           George Bennard (1873-1958)

14. Kiss Me Now It’s Over            Larry Peterson (b. 1952)

15. Amen                                 F. Wayne Tunison (b. 1953)



F. Wayne Tunison


F. Wayne Tunison was born on February 20, 1953 in Regina.  He attended Victoria Public School and received his diploma from Central Collegiate in 1970, in Fine Arts.  He received his B.Sc. in Mathematics in 1974, and his M.Sc in Mechanical Engineering in 1977, and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Engineering and Fine Arts.  Wayne has participated in many choirs, orchestras and bands.  Theater, the mother of integrated arts, continues to beckon Wayne whether it is Kiss Me Kate or UBU, the King.  He enjoys improvization and exotic explorations which taken him to the converted factories of Berlin and the jungles of the tropic Asia.


Wayne began to study bells at the age of thirteen under the direction of Lawrence Ritchey.  Wayne and Cameron Blachford formed the Regina Bell Ringers in 1976 with an initial membership of four. In his travels, Wayne has played bells on five continents.  Presently, Wayne works at ISM as a Strategic Business Consultant.  He is a contributing member of the Neutral Ground Art Gallery, painting and documenting on video his artistic impressions.  Active experimentation and integration of the arts through avant-garde lifestyle and interaction are the current avenues of exploration for Wayne.


For more than thirty years, Wayne has been playing and teaching the bells, so that now, every active Tower Bell Ringer in Regina was either taught by Wayne or one of his apprentices.  Wayne continues to teach, compose and play regularly.



F. Wayne Tunison



1.      Psalm of Approach           F. Wayne Tunsion (b. 1953)

2.      Poland                                             Traditional Poland

3.      Christ Lag in Todes Banden BMW4

                                    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

4.      Mr. Blister Shaves His Whiskers

                                                    Larry Peterson (b. 1952)

5.      Samuel                Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900)

6.      Power in the Blood                               Lewis E. Jones

7.      Misero tu non sai       Francesca Campana (1605-1665)

8.      Black Cats and Night Crawlers 

                                                    Larry Peterson (b. 1952)

9.      D’ung Aultre Amer    Johannes Ockegham (1420-1495)

10.  Villanella alla Napolitana

                                       Baldassarre Donato (1530-1603)

11.  Song For Miss Pretty               Larry Peterson (b.1952)

12.  Ich will den Kreuzstab Gerne Trugen Cantata 56

                                   Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

13.  Bleeding Saviour                                     J. Chambless

14.  Dwarf on a Hot Summer Night

                                                     Larry Peterson (b.1952)

15.  Seven fold Amen               F. Wayne Tunsion (b. 1953)





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