Posts by Derek Nance


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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