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In a set of dueling press releases, Schulmerich and Malmark both released plans for upcoming product launches. Today Schulmerich announced the arrival of their new MelodyCajon. These sleek octagonal instruments feature eight sides made from genuine east coast pine. “In designing them, we decided that by rounding off the corners of each side we could give the musician eight playing surfaces to choose from, doubling the number of...

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Some handbell videos are deep and meaningful. Some videos are fun and engaging. But only certain videos about handbells are classy. Classy Whale is a YouTube channel created by Caleb Britton, an 18 year old high school student from Pennsylvania. His videos range from vlogs about homeschooling to remixes of sounds heard while traveling on trains up and down the East Coast. Caleb first caught my attention with a video he made last May....

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Editor’s Note: This post is by friend of the blog Jay Carter who lives in New Bern, North Carolina. I had the fortune of ringing with Jay at Distinctly Bronze West in 2016 and hanging with him at the event. These are Jay’s thoughts shortly after being accepted to perform with the Raleigh Ringers. We’ll follow up with him later this year and see how the experience has been going! You can read the original version on...

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Returning from a mountain vacation, the group hits the road for a grueling series of concerts. If you haven’t read the previous days, catch up here. Day 6: Cinderella’s Castle – Our bus returned to Tokyo around 2 in the afternoon, which left plenty of time that day for more exploring of Tokyo. Those of us who are Disney fanatics decided to hit the parks again, this time seeing Tokyo Disneyland. Going to the Tokyo...

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After a very long first day on tour, the group moves onto the quiet mountain village of Karuizawa. If you haven’t yet, go back and read Day 2. Day 3 – Run to the hills: Breakfast was on our own this morning. I wanted to get a feel for the country away from the security of the group, so I struck out on my own and headed for the market in the train station near the hotel. I arrived right as they were opening. An employee...

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After landing in Japan and a jet lagged night of sleeping, the group sets off for their first concert. If you haven’t read the introduction yet, start at the beginning of the tour! Day 2 – All about the kids: We met the bus to our first venue early in the morning. Because there was supposedly a small tunnel at the on the trip, the tour organizer found a tiny bus to get us there. One small downside to the tiny bus, however,...

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JaPlanning – Sonos Tour 2016

JaPlanning – Sonos Tour 2016


Posted By on Dec 7, 2016

I’m writing this post from a hotel room in Tokyo at 4am. How I got to this point in my life I’m still not entirely sure, but it goes something like this. Sonos Handbell Ensemble has had a long history of traveling to Japan, Ever since I joined the ensemble 6 years ago, I’ve heard all of their crazy tales of adventures in Japan performing and sight seeing. 4 years ago the group did a performance tour in Japan, but I...

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I will admit that I am a sucker for dramatic handbell music. The first time I heard “Grazioso” by Arnold Sherman or Cathy Moklebust’s “First Noel” or Sandra Eithum’s “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” I immediately fell in love. Well written, inventive pieces that leave plenty of room for the group to express themselves musically are hard to find, but when I do I’m instantly a fan. Robert...

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On November 19, 2016, 664 handbell musicians from across the country gathered at the Mall of America to break the Guinness World Record for largest handbell ensemble. The event, which was organized by Handbell Musicians of America, Salvation Army, and Mall of America, gained local and national news attention. To qualify for the record, all 664 musicians had to perform a 5 minute piece while being monitored by Guinness World Record...

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Registration is open for the second College Ring-In, January 4-6 in Dallas, Texas. The first College Ring-In last January was honestly one of the best handbell experiences I’ve been able to attend, right up there with Virtuoso and my first National Seminar. So I am unapologetic in pushing every ringer I meet into going to this event. In case you needed more incentive to register, here are the top 10 reasons to go to the College...

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