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I am very excited about a new project we have been working on for National Seminar this summer, one that I have been hoping would happen for a while. For the first time ever, all of the concerts will be streamed live on the internet for all to see! Bob Avant and I are working on putting together the best quality audio and video stream we can for everyone to enjoy. Obviously with this being the first year there are bound to be some...

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At Distinctly Bronze West in March, 2016 participants were given a special treat. In addition to having the opportunity to play under the fabulous Toshikazu Yoshida for four days of intense upper division ringing, participants were treated to a concert by the Kinjo Gakuin University Handbell Choir from Japan. The all female group group wowed the audience with their technical skills and musical precision. Performing for an audience of...

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Halloween Concert Suggestions


Posted By on Oct 12, 2015

Halloween, the often forgotten about holiday in the handbell community. With all the hustle and bustle to get music for the Christmas holiday season ready, many bell groups opt to forgo any concerts in October. For the adventurous group that decides to go for a Halloween concert, they are faced with a challenge harder than preparing for holiday concerts in one month; finding music to perform. None of the major publishers have...

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I try to post from a diversity of ensembles to spotlight all the awesome things happening around the handbell world, but the Kinjo Gakuin University Handbell Choir keeps pulling me in with their spectacular performances that I feel everyone should see.  Recently posted on their YouTube account was this performance of “Two Guitars”, a traditional Russian folk song arranged by L. Campbell Bunting from their 23rd...

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Every musician is particularly fond of their own ensemble, and I am not immune to that tendency. So if you’ll humor me, I’d like to show off a piece we played this season that I was particularly drawn to. Jason Krug’s “Compassion” is a stunning original work for bells. The piece is as complex both musically and technically.  There are layers upon layers of melody and counter melody and harmony that...

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Rehearsals are starting for the next big Sonos Handbell Ensemble tour, so I have been watching old videos of Sonos to get back into the groove.  I’ll share details of where we are performing later, but for now, here’s a clip from the Sonos DVD “Ringing Up“.  This piece is called “Echos of Japan”, arranged by our conductor Jim Meredith.  I love this piece because it is a great example...

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