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Uniting people to create a diverse community in which handbell musicians of all skill levels realize their full potential through a musically respected art form.

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Spots Still Available for DB West

There are still some spots open for Distinctly Bronze West, February 23-26 in Welches, Oregon

Details & Registration

National Board Election

At the end of September, we will say “farewell” to four national board members who have served Handbell Musicians of America for the past six years and “welcome” to the four new members you select in March.

Voting Info

National Seminar 2017

Our annual National Seminar and Distinctly Teen events are expanded to include Master Class in Conducting, offering something for ALL handbell musicians.

Seminar Website


Don't miss our next MemberChat

Rob Meyer-Kukan from the Healthy Musician Institute
will discuss
common handbell musician injuries, concerns and complaints.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 • 11 am Eastern.




The Nov/Dec 2016 Issue of Overtones is now online


Handbell Bucks

Recent News

New MemberNotes Available

Commissioning Insights: Thoughts for Composers and Clients by Michael J. Glasgow — You’ve been tossing around the idea for some time: I want to commission a piece of music. Maybe it’s just you; maybe it’s a committee at your church or school, tasked with honoring an important milestone or anniversary for a musical ensemble, or a staff member, or the organization itself. One thing you’re sure about: you want to commission a piece of music. Everything else, you’re, well, not-so-sure about.

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Support us through AmazonSmile

Support Handbell Musicians of America through AmazonSmile Handbell Musicians of America We’re excited to announce that Handbell Musicians of America is now an AmazonSmile participant!AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support the Guild every time you shop at...

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Tell Us Your Story

All of us have a story about how handbells have affected our lives and how Handbell Musicians of America has played a part. Over the last several weeks in December, we shared the stories of other handbell musicians and how Handbell Musicians of America has helped them...

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A Special Message from Nick Hanson

“They’re all standing up?”, my 13-year old self asked my friend Brian. “I know, it’s awesome!,” he replied. This was the moment I realized that handbells and handbell ringing were truly something special. It was 1994, and I was attending my first-ever handbell festival in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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A Special Message

I would like to share with you the story of a young lady who had the opportunity to perform with other young musicians and learn conducting skills at Pinnacle and Distinctly Teen, events that exist because of the continued support of our members and backers. Elisa...

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Register for DB West

February 23-26 The Resort at the Mountain Welches, Oregon Kathleen Ebling Shaw – Conductor Registration opens Monday, October 17, 11 AM EDT This massed ringing event for advanced handbell musicians offers the unique opportunity to perform on the largest sets of...

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Why Join?

Membership in Handbell Musicians of America…

  • Gives you opportunities to connect and form life-long friendships with other handbell musicians.
  • Provides you with unparalleled access to opportunities for learning from the most innovative, talented and knowledgeable people in the art.
  • Makes you an integral part of an organization that is THE principal voice of the handbell/handchime art form and is dedicated to advancing the art through education, community and communication.

We can do together what no one can do alone.

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