Centralia Carillon

​​​Roy Kroezen, who came to Centralia from the Netherlands, has spent 22 years as a musician and organist. Kroezen studied carillon at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort, as well in Belgium. He holds a masters degree in carillon, organ and choir conducting. 

Kroezen was asked when he performs concerts at the carillon:

"I play at this moment four times a week. Wednesday at noon, Thursday night at 7:00, and Friday noon and 7:00. We do the 7pm concerts because of the new lights."

All concerts are one hour long. In addition to concerts, Kroezen spends time in practice and music arrangement, since all songs performed must be arranged for the carillon.

Kroezen was asked if the instrument is played like a piano:

"You have white keys and black keys actually. The keys are wider apart of course because you play with your fist only. And so the black keys on a piano are higher than the white keys."

The carillon recently added outside lighting in various colors. Carillon Administrator Mike Schroeder noted that the lighting was installed by the same company which installed the lighting at the Empire State Building in New York City, New York. 

The carillon is considered the sixth largest in the United States, which has about 180 carillons. According to Kroezen, there are 500 to 600 carillons in the world.

Kroezen, who worked as an organist and Carillonneur in the Netherlands for 22 years, adding that he is "Very happy to be here now".