The Big Ring

The Big Ring

How to break a Guinness World Record by Jennifer Cauhorn On November 19, in Bloomington, Minnesota, 664 handbell musicians gathered at the Mall of America to set a new world record for the largest handbell ensemble. This was the culmination of four months of work in...
After-School Bells

After-School Bells

Training a New Generation of Handbell Musicians by Neesa Hart The ‘ah-ha’ moment for our children’s bell program came as a result of three separate events. On a Monday morning in January, a friend sent me a quote from Ann Voskamp – “You can’t make a difference until...
An Orchestra of Bells

An Orchestra of Bells

Musicians from three ensembles perform Christmas extravaganza by Colin Walker It all started innocently enough. Ron Mallory, director of Rainier Ringers, Jennifer Vangolen, president of Bells of the Sound, and Colin Walker, managing director of Emerald City Ringers,...
Pizza Hut and Musicians Deliver Big

Pizza Hut and Musicians Deliver Big

The Utah Valley Handbell Ringers go viral on YouTube with Pizza Hut’s Big Pizza Delivery by Laurel Cleary A young lady carrying a pizza box walks up to a brightly lit front door, rings the doorbell, then turns and steps back. A woman opens the door. The young lady,...
Simple Idea to a Big Event

Simple Idea to a Big Event

Creation of the National Honors Handbell Ensemble by Neesa Hart Many big ideas start out as a sketch on the back of a scrap of paper.  The big idea that became The 2016 National Honors Handbell Ensemble started on a Sonic receipt.  Phillip Lanier, the musical director...
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