They were there when the group was made of men and women, when it had a quaint membership and when it grew to be some 25 people strong. Spending so much time together has resulted in a tight-knit group of people and a tight-knit group of voices.
“It's like family now,” said Iona Reed Pukara. She directs the group, and also accompanies the vocalists on piano. Reed Pukara said there is a chemistry that has been fostered over the years among the members of the Luther Bells.
“The girls are so amazing,” she said. “They listen to each other so well.”
Without a formal director, it can often be difficult to keep time and stay focused playing. Luckily, the girls listen for each other, and have done a good job staying on track, as noted in their scores at events like the Kiwanis Festival.
They also have the chance to showcase their musical skills at church services at St. Timothy's and St. Matthew's in Copper Cliff once a month, as well as at the upcoming Gospelfest Part IV. Other musicians like Crimson Clay, Clayton Trot, Sarah Matt, Lorrie Ann and Carl MacDonald will be joining the choir at the outdoor show at Glad Tidings Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.
The show is free, and more information is available at www.gospelfest.ca.
Having played the festival before, Reed Pukara said the choir is looking forward to returning.
“It's a beautiful evening,” she said.