Carillon Beach

23313 Front Beach Road

Panama City, FL 32412












The Carillon at Carillon Beach is installed in the center of a housing community of the same name. It was designed by Richard M. Watson and was dedicated in June of 1994. The bells were cast by the 300 year old bell foundry of Petit and Fritsen, Ltd., of Aarle-Rixtel, the Netherlands. They were installed by the I.T. Verdin Company of Cincinnati, Ohio.

The carillon at Carillon Beach has 35 bells (considered medium sized) and is one of four manually played carillons in Florida. (The others are the Bok Tower, Lake Wales; University of Florida, Gainesville; and Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Clearwater). In Pensacola there are two carillons with electric, non-expressive action. (First Presbyterian Church and Pensacola Christian College).

Concerts are played weekly throughout most of the year, with a tour of the playing cabin following each performance. All scheduled concerts are free and open to the public. The best listening is from a distance of about 200 feet from the tower. There is a special listening area by the west swimming pool.





Technical data

   Traditional carillon of 35 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is C 
   Transposition is up 12 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C C   /    ----  
   There are two missing bass semitone(s)
   The whole instrument was installed in 1993