This is a specific musical instrument played outdoors, consisting of a set of chromatically tuned bells. The carillon bells are fixed onto special bars arranged in rows. The bells are played using a keyboard and pedals. The number of bells varies from 23 to 80. Carillons are installed in specially constructed towers or tall historical buildings.
The 35 bells for the Kaunas carillon were cast in the Michiels Jr. Tornau Foundry of Belgium in 1935. Gen. Vladas Nagevičius and composer Juozas Tallat-Kelpša secured the installation of the carillon in the Tower of the Vytautas the Great Military Museum.
Regular concerts of the Kaunas carillon began in 1956. The first carillon players were Viktoras Kuprevičius and Giedrius Kuprevičius. Currently, the instrument has 49 bells, and carillon concerts are performed by Giedrius Kuprevičius and Julius Vilnonis every Saturday and Sunday at 4 pm in the Garden of Vytautas the Great Military Museum (K.Donelaičio St. 64).