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After landing in Japan and a jet lagged night of sleeping, the group sets off for their first concert. If you haven’t read the introduction yet, start at the beginning of the tour! Day 2 – All about the kids: We met the bus to our first venue early in the morning. Because there was supposedly a small tunnel at the on the trip, the tour organizer found a tiny bus to get us there. One small downside to the tiny bus, however,...

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JaPlanning – Sonos Tour 2016

JaPlanning – Sonos Tour 2016


Posted By on Dec 7, 2016

I’m writing this post from a hotel room in Tokyo at 4am. How I got to this point in my life I’m still not entirely sure, but it goes something like this. Sonos Handbell Ensemble has had a long history of traveling to Japan, Ever since I joined the ensemble 6 years ago, I’ve heard all of their crazy tales of adventures in Japan performing and sight seeing. 4 years ago the group did a performance tour in Japan, but I...

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I will admit that I am a sucker for dramatic handbell music. The first time I heard “Grazioso” by Arnold Sherman or Cathy Moklebust’s “First Noel” or Sandra Eithum’s “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” I immediately fell in love. Well written, inventive pieces that leave plenty of room for the group to express themselves musically are hard to find, but when I do I’m instantly a fan. Robert...

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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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Handbell Musicians of America (HMA) has had to cancel the annual Distinctly Bronze East event due to Hurricane Mathew. The event was set to be held on the coast of North Carolina in the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Hurricane Mathew has shifted west and is now headed for the American East Coast, directly at the city of New Bern. In an email to Distinctly Bronze participants, Jenny Cauhorn, the Executive Director of HMA,...

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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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