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    The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter
July 2015
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Passages,  the album, epitomizes The Raleigh Ringers 25-year musical journey, featuring classical arrangements, cutting-edge original compositions and signature rock arrangements by The Rockin' Raleigh Ringers

on the group's second double CD.


Over 100 minutes

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What is The Twelfth Tone "Light"? Just a "heads up" for summer touring group concerts and fall sponsored and endorsed events!

Check out ALL upcoming Area 12 concerts and events using our calendar link in the side bar!

Need a place to ring this fall? Check out the Ringer's Wanted page on our website!

Hope to see you out there!
Area Wide

Handbell Musicians of America and Area 12 are offering FREE workshops (9 locations across our area!) to help you get your handbells out of the closet and restart your handbell program - or start a brand new program. A handbell program in your church offers numerous benefits for your congregation.

  • Handbell choirs add a unique and glorious musical element to worship.
  • Ringing handbells provides a great opportunity for inter-generational activity.
  • Handbell programs create opportunities for lay members to contribute to worship and participate with the worship team.
  • Handbell ringing is accessible to all levels of musicians - even those with no prior musical experience.
  • Handbells can be used effectively in both contemporary and traditional worship.
  • Handbell programs provide a fun way to work together and share fellowship.
  • Handbell ringing provides additional opportunities for teaching the elements of music in a church environment.
  • Handbell programs can be a traveling music ministries to other congregations and venues, providing the opportunity to practice evangelism without words.
  • Handbells can easily be combined with other music ministries - handbells with choir, other instruments, or with youth, to provide a unique way to present favorite bible stories and lessons during worship.

Not sure how to get started?  Don't think you have the tools to make your program successful? Then our Back to Bells workshops are perfect for you!


Each four-hour workshop will include instructions on: 
  • Ringing Techniques (and how to teach them)
  • Recruiting Ringers for Your Program
  • Handbell Maintenance
  • Rehearsal Techniques
  • Repertoire Selection
  • Ringing with Less than a Full Choir
  • Creative Use of Bells in Worship

At the conclusion of each workshop, you will have the opportunity to become a member of Handbell Musicians of America, opening the door to a wealth of benefits and resources to help you grow and sustain your program.




The Wesley Bell Ringers in Concert 

touring from Christ United Methodist Church, Salt Lake City, Utah 

all concerts at 7:30 p.m.

 July 18                St. Paul's Episcopal Church    
                       1135 12th Street
                       Sparks, NV

July 19           Mayflower Presbyterian Church
                       141 14th Street
                       Pacific Grove, CA 

July 20           San Jose First Methodist Church
                      24 North 5th Street
                      San Jose, CA

July 21           Arcata United Methodist Church
                      1761 11th Street
                      Arcata, CA 

The Wesley Bell Ringers will be presenting a concert featuring 26 high school ringers playing the music of Bach, Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera," and Disney's "The Little Mermaid" on more than 225 handbells and handchimes. They will also play the music of many of the finest arrangers and composers in the world of handbells.

Southern California
Timbré Ensemble

in Escondido, CA
Saturday, September 12, 2015
First United Methodist Church of Escondido
 341 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025

in Victorville, CA
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Trinity Lutheran Church
16138 Molino Dr., Victorville, CA 92395

These events are endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America
For information on Southern California's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, 
click here. 

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Northern California



Saturday, October 31, 2015 

Redding, CA

Registration forms are on the Northern California Calendar.


This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America 

For information on Northern California's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, click here!
Southern Nevada


Las Vegas Twelfth Night
Handbell Festival


January 9, 2016

 Desert Spring United Methodist Church

120 N Pavilion Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89144


This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America 

For information on Southern Nevada's concerts, events,

and other opportunities, click here. 

International Symposium 2016
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