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Area 9 Hosted Events

Summit 2016 - The Ocean Journey
June 26 to July 3, 2016
Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica
Stephanie Rhodes, Clinician

Bell Boot Camp – Central Oklahoma
Saturday, September 12, 2015
St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church
1801 W. Brooks, Norman, OK

Bell Boot Camp – South Texas
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Lakewood United Methodist Church
11330 Louetta Rd., Houston, TX

Bell Boot Camp ­– West Texas
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Bacon Heights Baptist Church
5110 54th Street, Lubbock, TX

Bell Boot Camp – Central Texas
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Central United Methodist Church
5740 Bagby Ave., Waco, TX

Back to Bells – Texas
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Lake Travis United Methodist Church
1502 Ranch Rd 620 N, Austin, TX
8:00 am to Noon

Back to Bells – Oklahoma
Saturday, September 19, 2015
First United Methodist Church
420 N. Weigle Ave., Watonga, OK
8:00 am to Noon

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Events in Area 9

August Adventure
August 15, 2015
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Houston, TX 77005

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August 2015 Ringing News

Greetings from Area 9!

My summer is flying by! I attended Pinnacle last week and hopefully now get a few weeks of a slower pace.

Area 9 has three wonderful opportunities upcoming for Fall 2015.

Area 9 will offer a Bell Boot Camp as well as a Read & Ring. The Boot Camp will be held in the morning and the Read and Ring will be the afternoon session. These are separate events, but I encourage you to attend both. Bell Boot Camp is not just for beginners. It teaches basic and more involved techniques, rhythms, and time signatures. The beginner will learn basic skills while those with experience will remember good technique! The class will give the opportunity to learn, to refresh, or to become more proficient with the materials. It is my opinion that we all continue to learn every day of our lives. The afternoon Read and Ring provides an opportunity to read through new music, which is both enjoyable and helpful in choosing repertoire. It is also not just for directors! Ringers will love the chance to ring.

I hope to see many of you at the fall events! Have a great rest of your summer!

Ruth Seiwell
Area 9 Chair
Handbell Musicians of America

Ahoy, Area 9! Boarding has begun!


Learn about the next Area 9 Summit and our floating venue!

Back to Ringing. Back to Smiling

written by Patty Highland (Area 9 Secretary)

Back to Ringing – As we approach the end of summer, many of us anticipate with great joy the return to our musical ensembles and to ringing handbells again. I appreciate a summer break, but I always look forward to starting handbell rehearsals for the new season. I look forward to both the music and the fellowship that a handbell ensemble offers to its members. Simply put: I look forward to sharing music with my friends!

Back to Smiling – If you have rung in one of my handbell ensembles, you would have heard me say to the ringers “remember to smile” as we prepare to ring our music for others. Smile? Really? The ringers remind me that they are concentrating on just getting the correct hand to ring, at the correct time, and at the correct dynamic level. SMILE, too? Really? YES!!

As an audience member, I am much more engaged with a performing ensemble when their whole being reflects what they are musically communicating. Watching a handbell ensemble ring a song of praise and joy, while having stern faces or “concentration” on their faces, leads me to think that these performers have not internalized the message they are ringing. They look like they don’t believe or understand what they are trying to communicate. Their performance does not draw me in like it could.

Learn more about getting back to ringing and smiling here.

Update Those Address Books and Accounting Programs!

The following information will help your snail mail get to the national office. Tip: Give this information to your treasurer, accounts payable clerk, or bookkeeper so they can update their accounting systems too!

The US Post Office will soon discontinue forwarding mail addressed to the former Dayton office. Any correspondence for the National Office should be sent to the address below.

For mailing anything that includes payment by check:

Handbell Musicians of America
PO Box 145400 Mail Location 521
Cincinnati, OH 45250

For mailing everything else except payments:

Handbell Musicians of America
201 E. 5th Street
Suite 1900-1025
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Handbell Musicians of America, an innovative blend of melody and harmony, rhythm and pulse, beauty and unity, is one of those rare organizations that touches our lives and makes a difference in our world. It is a group of people united by the desire to create music that moves us to us laugh or cry.

Today, we begin a new venture designed to enable us to dream dreams of beautiful music for years to come, to take a bold step towards a secure and stable future for the Guild. And we want you to play a part in our future! Imagine uniting people through music for years to come. Help create a secure and strong future impact for future generations. Let’s build a new heritage for tomorrow. It’s not just a dream…it’s an innovative approach to a lasting heritage.

Learn more about the Heritage Fund here.

Please contact any of the 2014-2016 Area 9 board members with ideas, suggestions, questions or concerns.

Chair – Ruth Seiwell
Chair Elect – Wilson Van Tine
Treasurer – Marci Corey
Secretary – Patty Highland
Past Chair – Michelle Tejada
Financial Advisor – Wilson Van Tine
Education – Venita Gorman
Publications – Kari Daelke
Social Media/Communications – Jeremy Springer
Oklahoma Representative - Paula Barnes
Texas Representative - Adam Samuels
Texas Representative - Dellinda Ebeling
Membership – Vacant

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