Festivals/Conferences


A Fun Fall Festival in Redding


Posted By on Oct 20, 2013

This past weekend we traveled with our home bell group to the Fall Handbell Workshop in Redding, Califormia.  Nancy Schmitt, the Area 12 chair for Northern California, puts on a wonderful day long handbell workshop and festival every year.  In only a day she manages to squeeze in massed ringing and classes for both new and experienced ringers on the beautiful campus of Simpson University.  Barbra Meinke was this year’s massed...

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The group Bryce and I ring with, Tintabulations, was invited to perform the opening concert at the Handbell National Seminar this past week in Portland, Oregon.  Since the drive from Reno, Nevada, to Portland is about 11 hours we decided to make a road trip out of the drive.  The National performance was on a Wednesday, so we got extra practice in by leaving on Sunday and performing every evening between then and our big concert. ...

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Portland Or Bust


Posted By on Jul 21, 2013

So just a quick post to say that there will be no new posts this week because Bryce and I are off to the Handbell National Seminar in Portland, Oregon.  We will have plenty of posts and fun stories starting again next week, but in the mean time I will be keeping our Twitter and Facebook updated all week with picture of our crazy adventure. I have been looking forward to this trip since December when we found out that the group we...

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As I’m sure you have figured out by now, Bryce and I had the amazing opportunity to perform with the Raleigh Ringers as part of their Virtuoso event.  The entire day of the concert I had my video camera out recording, so now, for the first time ever, what it is actually like backstage with the Raleigh Ringers. We just once again want to give a huge thank you to the Raleigh Ringers for putting together that amazing...

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For one weekend, 28 of the best ringers in the country descended upon Raleigh, North Carolina, to put on the performance of a life time, and Bryce and I were lucky enough to be a part of it. The Virtuoso Experience is the brain child of Dave Harris, conductor of the Raleigh Ringers, and Dr. William Payn, handbell clinician and composer extraordinaire.  The weekend was designed to be an intensive ringing experience, culminating in...

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Today’s topic is practicing handbells, since we are traveling to a festival in Redding, California, soon.  Because most bell ringers don’t have their own set of bells at their disposal to practice on, practicing is not something that is talked about commonly in the bell world.  In order to practice for a festival before arriving, we came up with 5 pointers that should help a first time festival participant understand how...

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