Take Note - July 2014

I enjoyed the Area 7 Handbell Festival Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin on June
19-22. This handbell festival  has been a bi-annual  event presented by the national organization, Handbell Musicians of America.  I have seen how enthusiastically many of our church ringers have participated in this event.  Fund raising events and much preparation made this event so meaningful and fruitful for them, and I experienced it last week with them.

Personally it was a great time for me to put myself in the ringers' shoes.  To be an effective director for any type of musical group, playing as one of the members under another director's baton should be incredibly helpful.  Music conferences are one of those chances for music directors.  To see the happy faces and have a fun time together with fellow church musicians are the bonuses adding to musical learning experiences.

You can find some pictures of the event at the church Facebook page, and we plan to share how we enjoyed it with church members soon.   We hope to have more new faces go and enjoy the next festival, which will be held in Rochester, Minnesota in 2016!