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Exciting news! Over the next couple weeks the incredible Kinjo Gakuin University Handbell Choir will be touring the United States. We have shared many of their videos on this blog over the years, so I am super excited to see them  perform. Their tour starts at Distinctly Bronze (DB) West in Oregon, then moves to Washington and Florida. Toshikazu Yoshida, the group’s conductor, is conducting DB West this year. Here is their full...

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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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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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Sonos Tour Blog 2015 – Day 11

Sonos Tour Blog 2015 – Day 11


Posted By on Dec 21, 2015

After a grueling day of travel, Sonos awakens in Saint Louis, Missouri to perform two concerts. If this is your first Sonos tour post, click here to start reading from the beginning of tour. The view you are greeted with when first entering the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis Day 10 – Hall of Mosaics: It is hard to describe in words the feelings I had the first time I walked into the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. When you...

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Sonos Tour Blog 2015 – Day 9

Sonos Tour Blog 2015 – Day 9


Posted By on Dec 16, 2015

When we last left our intrepid ringers they were scattered throughout Virginia enjoying their day off. Click here to go to the beginning of the story. Derek getting a selfie with Thomas Jefferson at MONTICELLO. Day 7 – DC: Today was a free day for everyone in the group. Some people explored museums around DC, including the Air and Space and American History museums. Some people went to the national zoo. Others decided to take...

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Sonos Tour Blog 2015 – Day 6

Sonos Tour Blog 2015 – Day 6


Posted By on Dec 10, 2015

This is the continuing saga of the Sonos Handbell Ensemble on their east coast tour. Click here to read days 1-3 Sonos posing in front of a banner advertising our concert in Westport, CONNECTICUT. Day 4 – Butternut Squash Lasagna: The day started with four members of the group waking up early to play at the church services at Christ and Holy Trinity Church in Westport, Connecticut. Because we had set up the night before, the...

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Sonos Tour Blog 2015 – Day 3

Sonos Tour Blog 2015 – Day 3


Posted By on Dec 6, 2015

Since it isn’t every day you get to take 18 days from real life and tour around the east coast, I have decided to share my experiences with readers of my blog. Long time readers of the blog will remember that in 2013 I had the opportunity to tour with Sonos, but this tour is by far the longest performance tour I’ve been able to participate in. There are some occasional free evenings during the trip that I hope to catch a...

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