About Us

Port-A-Bell cases is a Christian family owned business that sprang out of the need to make handbells more portable, hence the Port-A-Bell ® case. Thomas Smith is the former bellmaster for the Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir (1977-1990) and is the owner of Port-A-Bell. Thomas has travelled to over twenty countries in his eighteen years with the DSBC. Performances included Pope John Paul II, Carnegie Hall and The White House. Thomas also started the handbell choir at First Christian Church in Fort Worth, was choir director and handbell director at John Knox Presbyterian Church from 1991 - 2000, and most recently was the director of handbells at First United Methodist Church in Graham, TX. from 2009-2012. He also rang with Concert Bells of Fort Worth.

In addition to Port-A-Bell, Thomas does handbell servicing, maintenance, repair and is an independent "Authorized Refurbishment Center" for Schulmerich Bells LLC.

Thomas sells all products by Schulmerich Bells including Handbells, MelodyChime instruments, Silver Melody Bells, and all accessories including tables, covers, foam, gloves and mallets.