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Change, it’s everywhere these days. And it seems to be happening at an increasingly faster pace, especially in the handbell community. We are seeing a decline in handbells being used in worship services, but an increase in their use in schools. What do you see as the changes? AGEHR has noticed the changes as well and expects to make an announcement of some changes to their organization soon.
While things change we need to also remember the past. A new project that Jeff Curran is undertaking is HandbellHistory.com. This is will be a website focused solely on capturing the history of handbells in the US and around the world. One of the most valuable sections will be a video history library of different folks sharing experiences with handbells. The interviews are meant to capture the stories from those that have helped shape the handbell community and those who have been shaped. What is your story? We are going to be setting aside time to sit down and record these interviews starting at Pinnacle in Nashville. Please contact Jeff (firstname.lastname@example.org) and join this journey through the handbell history.
One change we are excited about is the addition of three new publishers to our distribution division. CAN Enterprises (chimesoloist.com) specializes in music for solo ringers, duets, and trios, while the handbell ctalogs of Flagstaff Publishing (flagstaffhandbellmusic.com) and Laurendale Associates (laurendalehandbellmusic.com) both feature a wide array of handbell music for churches, schools, and community and professional choirs. We’re very excited for the opportunity to provide such high quality music to the handbell community.
A change which is very happy and at the same time sad has come to us. Inez has let us know that she is retiring at the end of July. She has been with us for the better part of 30 years, and many of you have known her just as long. Please join me in wishing her the happiest of retirements. She has earned it.
So as we enjoy the summer and prepare for the fall, let’s embrace the changes that happen all around us. But in our desire to embrace the future, let us not forget the past. While we look to who our future leaders will be, let us not forget those that have brought us this far.