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Rob's Handbell Choir
my world is vastly different,
handbell choir is like this...
I monopolized the
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This page will be devoted to one of my favorite pastimes, ringing in my
church's handbell choir. You will find out what it is, where we've
traveled and how much fun it really is. If you're not thrilled, go back
to the mainpage.
Well, I guess I can put some information up here. First of
all, my church is Plymouth Congregational, a UCC chruch in Lawrence, Kansas. Handbells
originated in England a long time ago(don't ask for a specific time
period) along with the change ringers. Now change ringing is those big
bells in towers, when they ring in patterns.
held in your hand, they're made of brass, copper and tin, and have a
handle on them. Each bell is one note, our church has a 5 octave set,
plus a duplicate 3 octave set, and a 3 octave set of chimes,from C below
the bass clef(c3) to C way above the treble clef(c8). I
rang c3 to f-sharp3, that's 7 bells, the c3 bell weighs 8.5 pounds,
and I rang one bell in each hand, with many fast changes to be made
throughout songs. They can be played many ways, ringing foremost, as
well as plucking, using mallets, and hitting them on the foam tables,
mainly for defining the accents and such.
The music is written like piano music, only there are so many notes
that it's impossible to play them all on the piano. We ring about
half religious music, and half popular or classical selections. My
favorite was "Passacaglia" by Handel, since I had so much to do, it
was quite entertaining for the audience. The archive is quite huge,
ringing stuff like "Barber of Seville" "Sabre Dance" "Stars and
Stripes Forever" as well as "I'm a Jayhawk" and "Pink Panther" in
addition to the religious music.
Plymouth Congregational has a choir each for 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th graders,
school, and adults. Each summer, the junior high and high school choirs
for whoever wants to go, and plan a tour. In my 6 years or so in choir,
we've been to(in order) Casper, Wyoming and S. Dakota; Ames, Iowa(I
didn't go, drivers' ed that year); St. Joseph, Missouri; Greencastle,
Indiana with stops in Missouri and Illinois; Minnesota; and Hawaii.
Previous trips before my time included Boston, Hawaii again, and England.
What we do
is play a lot of concerts for a lot of people, mostly at churches and
festivals, sometimes out in public, and tour wherever we are.
Unfortunately we end up touring the educational sites, not by our
These festivals are usually put on by the American Guild of English Handbell
We've been outstanding, both in performing and in our maturity, so if
you're interested in this subject, perhaps you'd like to hear us, send me
some email at email@example.com
and I'll hook you up with the directors' addresses. I don't know where
addition to volcanoes, we can
throw people down waterfalls
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||But what if the UFOs landing off to my left get them first?|
||I mean, look at the size of that thing!|
|Of course, we know who's in charge now (Below, Me, on the left,
Eventually, I'll learn how to shrink the table, but that would take
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