Welcome to Handbell Musicians of America

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.

Reaching for Bronze

A new companion event to Distinctly Bronze – June 7-9, 2019

Meet Us in St. Louis

July 16-20, 2019 Details coming soon.

Spring Music Promotion

View and listen to some new and tried-and-true music for spring on your computer or mobile device.

Become a Sustaining Partner

Upgrade your membership to SUSTAINING PARTNER and play an important role in ensuring the future of Handbell Musicians of America.

National Board Chats

Beginning in 2019, we are offering quarterly webinars giving members the opportunity to connect directly with national board members.

Click on the dates below to register for a webinar. Ask questions, discuss goals, and offer your ideas and suggestions related to the direction and future of Handbell Musicians of America.

Saturday, January 12

12:00 PM Eastern

Hosted Webinar

Saturday, March 23

12:00 PM Eastern

Live from National Board Meeting

Saturday, July 20

12:30 PM Eastern

Live from National Seminar

Saturday, October 26

11:00 AM Eastern

Live from National Board Meeting

Send your question or comment in advance to board@handbellmusicians.org and it will be addressed during the next chat. All sessions will be recorded and available to members through our online Member Center


The Winter 2019 Issue of
Overtones is now online


Handbell Bucks


Visit our Member Extras section of our members only site, where you will find fun activities, articles, tips, and resources.  All members are welcome to enjoy these benefits, but they were designed with ringers in mind.

Video of the Month

YouTuber Classy Whale and friends compiled a video of things handbell directors say. Have you heard your director saying any of these?

Recent News

E-Notes March 2019

Nominations open for national board; Spots still open for DB East/Reaching for Bronze; National Seminar Registration; more…

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Now Accepting Nominations for National Board

By Jennifer Vangolen Nominating Committee Chair Who should serve on the next national board of directors of the Handbell Musicians of America? Whoever it is, YOU will play a vital and essential role. Who are the board of directors? The board of directors consists of a...

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E-Notes – February 2019

National Seminar/Distinctly Teen Registration opens tomorrow; Postponed Distinctly Bronze East is a Go for June; Introducing a Brand New Event for Intermediate Handbell Musicians.

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Area 2 Hosting Two Back to Bells Workshops

Upcoming Area 2 Back to Bells Events Saturday, February 23, 2019 9am - 2pm Lunch Provided St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church 700 Pleasure Road Lancaster, PA 17601 On street parking To register contact Jeff Clouser at jclouser@palmyracob.org and...

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E-Notes – January 2019

This Month National Seminar & Distinctly Teen Registration Opening Soon National Board Chats International Handbell Committee Design Competition Cyber Monday Deals November 26 Save the Date for Giving Tuesday, November 27 John Behnke's Music Notes SUBSCRIBE TO E-NOTES...

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New Policy Regarding the Use of Tablets to Hold Music

Handbell Musicians of America recognizes that many musicians are using tablet computers instead of traditional music stands to hold music and that some among our membership would like to use this option when participating in ringing and performance activities at...

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Special Spring Music Promotion

From your laptop, your tablet, or even your phone, NOW you can look at, listen to, and purchase great AGEHR MUSIC selections for the coming Spring.

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National Events

Handbell Musicians of America offers engaging live events, in-depth webinars, and  free live chats with handbell experts and celebrities. Throughout the year, you’ll find both live and virtual events for musicians and handbell enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.

GO HERE to learn more about all our National Events.

July 16-20
St. Louis, Missouri

Join us in St. Louis for our annual National Seminar and Distinctly Teen. Our summer events offer something for ALL handbell musicians. 


July 18-20
St. Louis, Missouri

Our annual event for individual young ringers (8th–12th grade) who wish to stretch their ringing skills and challenge their musicianship.


Coming up: Two Area 2 Back to Bells events in February and March

DETAILS HERE

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.