Journal


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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In the year 3 BHE (Before Handbell Era), my mom and I decided that I would play French Horn in the beginning junior high band. The band director at my junior high, Doug Beasley, was an incredible Horn player with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, so it made sense to try and learn the Horn under his baton. There was only one problem. His first comment to me was “Aren’t you too small to play the Horn?” It was true. In sixth...

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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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In Memory of Mr. Townsend

In Memory of Mr. Townsend


Posted By on Jul 24, 2016

Marshal Townsend and I, taken in May 2016 In March I received an unexpected phone call. The voice at the other end of the line was weak and breathy, but I immediately recognized the friendly, southern voice. My high school bell director Marshal Townsend was on the phone. I was having a tough time understanding him, so he passed the phone to his wife. She explained that the bell group was performing their spring concert in May, and Mr....

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Sonos Tour Blog – Day 18

Sonos Tour Blog – Day 18


Posted By on Jan 4, 2016

Nearing the end of their tour, the group awakens in Atlanta, Georgia. If this is your first Sonos Tour Blog post, click here to go back to the beginning. Day 16 – The Force Awakens: On our first morning in Atlanta the group did what everyone else in America did, we went and saw the new Star Wars movie! Having just premiered the night before, our director Jim found us tickets to a 3D showing at a theater close to our venue. The...

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Sonos Tour Blog 2015 – Day 15

Sonos Tour Blog 2015 – Day 15


Posted By on Dec 26, 2015

After two big concerts in Saint Louis, Missouri the group heads south to Arkansas. If this is the first Sonos Tour Blog post you’re reading, click here to go back to the beginning.   Day 12 – Walton Center: After six hours of driving, the group arrived at the Walton Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Due in part to funding from the Walton Family (who owns Walmart), the theater was beautiful and well staffed. The crew...

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