Brenda Austin

 from Brenda Austin Everything I needed to know about handbells, I learned from Handbell Musicians of America! If it were not for HMA, I would still be in the dark, creating less-than-inspiring handbell offerings. My story, of course, is the same as stories I’ve heard...

Nick Hanson

 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...

Jessica Westgard Larson

 from Jessica Westgard Larson I was 23 when I received a call to direct my first adult handbell choir. Equipped with a B.A. in economics and German and 15 years of ringing experience, but no formal music education, I turned the offer down twice before finally deciding...

Marlene Anderson

 from Marlene Anderson I have loved the Guild (Handbell Musicians of America) for who and what it represents for so many years and for so many reasons. I am always delighted to think back and remember the ways to serve and the people I have met, those who have become...

Kermit Junkert

 from Kermit Junkert My association with Handbell Musicians of America has spanned over 30 years. In the mid-1980s, I was one of those music directors who purchased three octaves of handbells and didn’t have a clue where to get the training I needed for this...
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