The SpringTree from TreeWorks Chimes

Looking for a unique new sound for your pit percussion? The SpringTree from TreeWorks Chimes produces a resonating and brilliant tone, “kind of like a haunting, eerie sound,” says James Bratton in operations.

The SpringTree is a ¼-inch wide, 11-foot long aluminum/titanium rod spun into a 5-inch diameter, 19-inch long spiral spring.

“The actual vibration of the bar rings a lot louder than a regular chime because the sound wave goes out towards the ends of the spring,” Bratton says. “You can compress it or stretch it out to make different sounds.”

The SpringTree set hangs from a Black Walnut wood mount that can be attached to any standard cymbal stand. A triangle beater and finger cymbal are included.

TreeWorks Chimes sponsors the top 25 drum corps and top 12 indoor percussion groups. All of them have a SpringTree although the company does not know how many are actually using it in their shows.

The Nashville-based company, founded in 1996 by percussionist Mitch McMichen, also produces classic chimes, triangles, finger cymbals and cases. For more information, visit

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Elizabeth Geli

Elizabeth Geli is the assistant editor of Halftime Magazine and a journalist/communications professional in Southern California. Her 11 years at the University of Southern California (USC) Trojan Marching Band included time as a flute player, graduate teaching assistant, and student advocate. She holds a bachelor's degree in Print Journalism and master's degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) from USC.

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