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I began playing handbells in a workshop at a 1987 music conference. My ringing experience includes sixteen years with the Valley Ringers (Cupertino, CA) and eight years with Son Ringers (Mountain View, CA). I've been a handbell director at several churches as well. In the summer of 2016, my wife Carla and I moved to Holland, Michigan, to start a new adventure. I was also a member of Bay Bells, one of the longest-running community handbell ensembles on the West Coast. As a bass handbell specialist, I was the Artistic Figurehead of Low Ding Zone, the World’s First Bass-Only Handbell Ensemble for eight years. My experience also includes performing at Distinctly Bronze West and the Bay View Week of Handbells, plus many other local events, as well as the occasionally foray into the area of bass handbell solos. i'm a published handbell composer/arranger, and the author of the Bass Ringer’s Notebook. My handbell festival conducting experience includes California Spring Rings, the Rogue Valley Handbell Festival, the Redding Handbell Festival, and advanced events such as the River City Radical Ring and Redding Bronze. I've been a church musician for most of his life, serving on piano, guitar, clarinet, voice, and electric bass; conducting and composing in the choral and instrumental ministries have been part of my life as well. I've also had sidelines in music teaching and piano tuning, and currently run Choraegus, my music publishing company. Carla and I married in 2012, and we embarked on a new handbell adventure by creating new pieces for just eight handbells. Our repertoire extends across the entire spectrum of hymns, classical music, Christmas carols, and folk music, and we continue to be surprised at just how many musical selections can be played using just eight notes. We perform their duets at concerts, weddings, corporate events, memorial services, church services, and other events in Michigan and beyond, and also teach classes and workshops in various handbell techniques.
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