The bells can be played through the Gus and Connie Schoenherr Electronic Playing System.
"BIG JOE" our largest bell, strikes the hour from 9:00am to 10:00pm Monday through Friday, and from 10:00am to 10:00pm Saturday and Sunday. The Westminster Chime is played just prior to the hourly striking.
Each day of the week, at noon, 4:00pm and 7:00pm, several songs are played using the automatic system, so the Carillon can be enjoyed every day.
The computer system controls a series of external strikers in order to play music, much like a player piano. The system comes with a large library of music and may also be added to by using a small key board which comes with the system. In this way, music may be customized to help enhance any event, at any time of the day, as desired.
Thanks go to Gus and Connie Schoenherr for providing this very important component. In their own words:
"Being able to help fund the Carillon was a joy to the both of us, Gus and Connie Schoenherr. We paid for the computer system that runs the Carillon. It cost $25,000 at the turn of the century which will probably seem like a little in your day. We are living in an era that has been referred to as "the computer age". So we celebrate our gift of the computer that is so symbolic of our times."