The Chapel Ringers were created to function in the chapel music ministry ecumenically, supporting multi-denominational worship services, as well as performing outreach music ministry in the community.
In 1989, long time choir member Mary Swicegood donated a four-octave set of Schulmerich handbells to the Memorial Chapel. This was done as a memorial to her daughter, Roberta Swicegood, who had been tragically killed in an underwater cave diving accident while working for National Geographic. That same year, Edward Asten became the founder and director of the handbell choir. At the end of the first year, Mary Swicegood enjoyed the bells so much that she added the fifth octave to the set.
Over the last twenty years, in addition to supporting worship services at Fort Myer, The Chapel Ringers have performed at a variety of Festival Conferences throughout North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland. Additionally, the group has performed extensively at local senior citizen retirement communities, The Mormon Temple Visitors Center for The Festival of Lights, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, The Mass of the Millennium, and at the White House during the holiday season.