The McGaffin Carillon


The McGaffin Carillon is one of about 200 cast bell carillons in North American and the only one in the city of Cleveland, Ohio. Its 47 bells weigh a total of about 15,000 lbs and are played by a person at a console high in the tower. This unique voice has serenaded University Circle since 1968. It has pealed for celebrations and tolled for tragedy. During summer concerts the audience brings blankets, lawn chairs and picnics to the lawns surrounding the tower.



The McGaffin Carillon is University Circle, Cleveland's unique musical voice. Created by Dutch craftsmen from a centuries-old tradition of tower music, its 47 bells create a beautiful soundscape.

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Attend a concert. Tour the tower. Volunteer to help. Become a Friend of the McGaffin Carillon in University Circle.

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