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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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It was around midnight after the closing ceremonies of the 17th International Handbell Symposium, and I found myself sitting on a dock overlooking the convention center that had been my home for the past 5 day lit up in rainbow colors celebrating Vancouver Pride. Luckily the weather by the ocean was perfect, not too hot and not too cold, since all the bars had closed for the night and we found ourselves stuck outside. My new friends...

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Assignment Challenge: Sail Away

Assignment Challenge: Sail Away


Posted By on May 12, 2016

This odd pop song by Enya doesn’t initially seem like something handbells can play well, but with Kevin McChesney’s arrangement your group can sound like an Irish pop star. The arrangement layers thick chords of bells and chimes on top of a driving malletted bass line to recreate the ethereal sound of Enya. In this assignment challenge we are going to break down how I assigned this piece for 14 ringers playing 5 octaves of...

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How To Leave Your 20s In Style

How To Leave Your 20s In Style


Posted By on Feb 25, 2016

A while back I found a video posted in one of the handbell forums on the internet of a brand new “Concerto for Piano with Choir and Handbells”. The piece begins with thick, Gothic chords that reminded me of the scene in Beauty and the Beast when the castle doors sweep open to reveal the vast, aging castle with one flower in the middle. Darius Lim, the composer of the piece who also plays the piano, immediately drew me in...

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In 2013 I attended my first National Seminar in Portland, Oregon. At that Seminar I went to a round table discussion about university handbell ensembles lead by Jessica Westgard-Larson, one of the members of the Handbell Musicians of America Board of Directors. After that class, Jessica and I talked for a while about what a college aged ringing event would look like. Little did I know that three years later I would be at the first...

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In 2013 my brother Bryce and I set off across the country to participate in the Raleigh Ringers’ Virtuoso event. Along the way, we stopped by the beautiful mountain town of Colorado Springs to crash a Pikes Peak Youth Ringers concert. The kids sounded great, but what really struck me by surprise was a quartet that performed during the concert. Four ringers played “Sabre Dance” at full speed while adding a mind...

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