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...

Linda McKechnie

 from Linda McKechnie Consider the day a new music director learns they will soon be leading the handbell choir. Where do they turn for training and support? Read the story of how Honorary Life member and past president, D. Linda McKechnie faced this challenge and why...
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