June 7-9, 2019

Raleigh, North Carolina
Michael Joy, Conductor

What is Reaching for Bronze?

Reaching for Bronze is a new event for the intermediate handbell musician who aspires to become a bronze-level ringer.

Have you wanted to apply for Distinctly Bronze but worry you are not yet at the skill level to be accepted?  Then this is the event for you.  Scheduled concurrently with Distinctly Bronze East, this event will give participants the opportunity to learn three pieces from the DB East rep list under the direction of master teacher and conductor Michael Joy and perform them with the DB musicians on their final concert. In addition, the Reaching for Bronze choirs will prepare and perform two pieces of their own.

During the event, instruction will be offered in building skills in treble, bass and battery techniques, as well as improving all aspects of musicianship.

Event Registration

Registration fee is $295

This includes all rehearsals, polo shirt, CD of the final concert, lunch on Sunday.

No application required – simply answer a few questions on the registration form.  Registration is first-come-first-served.

Space is limited so don’t delay in registering.

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You are responsible for purchasing and rehearsing the music. Repertoire notes regarding problem solving, corrections and other items may be sent at various times before the event.  Music may be purchased directly from publishers of from any music retailer.  Our HIC retailers include:  Heitz Handbells & Music, Jeffers Handbell Supply, and J.W. Pepper.

Heitz Handbells & Music – order online at this link.  Just enter Reaching# in the Title field to pull up a complete list of the RFB  repertoire.  Those purchasing from this page will receive a 15% discount which will be automatically applied at checkout.

The following will be rung with the Distinctly Bronze ensemble

Ring to the Lord a New Song, Moklebust
Choristers Guild CGB 960

Waltz Fantasy, Hascall

From Peril to Peace to Joy, Afdahl
From the Top 20545 From the Top

The following will be “solo” pieces rung only by the Reaching for Bronze ensemble

Compassion, Krug
Beckenhorst HB382

Jovano, Jovanke, arr. Joy
GIA G-8964

Tablet Policy

Handbell Musicians of America is committed to upholding the copyright laws of the United States and protecting the rights of our publishers, arrangers and composers.  If you wish to use a tablet computer to hold your music in place of standard paper copies on a music stand, you must contact the publisher of each piece of music to first obtain permission to convert a purchased piece of music to the format required for the tablet you are using.  Copies of the written permission received from publishers must be presented on request from the event organizer, event chair, or Handbell Musicians of America staff. Permission from a publisher for one piece does not imply permission for other songs from the same publisher.  The title of each song used in this format must be included in the written permission received. Attendee should also have legally purchased copies of all music with them for verification. Titles originally purchased in a digital format do not require permission from the publisher, however, please have a copy of your purchase receipt available.

Event Schedule
Thursday, June 6
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Optional Dinner with Distinctly Bronze (additional fee)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Load-in and Setup – Observe Distinctly Bronze Rehearsal
Friday, June 7
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM Rehearsal
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Skill Building Session
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Rehearsal
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Skill Building Session
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Rehearsal
7:00 PM Dinner (on your own)
Saturday, June 8
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Rehearsal
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Skill Building Session
12:00 PM -2:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
2:00 PM – 6:30 PM Rehearsal
6:30 PM Move equipment to DB set-up
7:00 PM Dinner (on you own)
Sunday, June 9
9:00 AM -11:30 AM Rehearsal with DB Ensemble
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Rehearse RFB Pieces
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Provided Lunch & Closing Announcements
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Final Rehearsal
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Final Concert Preparation (dress & free time)
4:00 PM Concert
approx. 5:30 pm All Hands Teardown (pack and load handbells and other equipment

Our event venue and official hotel is the Hilton Raleigh North Hills.

This newly revitalized hotel is ideally located for discovering the area’s popular shopping and business districts. Their complimentary shuttle will take you to and from the airport and the North Hills Shopping and Entertainment District.  The hotel features newly renovated guest rooms and meeting space, as well as a fitness center, business center, indoor pool and whirlpool. Plus, the all new ’88 Oaks Caroline Kitchen and Bar serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks.

For the event, we have secured a group rate of $144/night plus tax (13.25%).

To make reservations, follow this link to our special group reservation page. If you prefer to make reservations by phone, call (919) 872-2323 and refer to group code HBMA.

The deadline for making reservations from our block is May 13.

Cancellation Policy

This policy applies to refunds for ANY reason, including medical, family and business. This policy applies even if we fill your slot with another ringer. If you desire, you can receive a copy of the concert recording recording at no charge if you cancel.

Fee refunds minus a $100 cancellation penalty will be made for written or email cancellations received by 3/31/2019. Cancellations received by 5/1/2019 will be refunded 50% of registration fee less cancellation penalty; after 5/1/2019 registration is not refundable.  The date of cancellation will be the date the cancellation is RECEIVED in the national office by the event registrar, Vickie Iverson.