Hand Bell and Chimes Festival Sells Out
Groups of laughing fifth- through eighth-grade students crowded the music building as registration for the second Cool Ringings Hand Bell and Chimes Festival began. With more than 100 students registered well in advance from private, home and public schools, last minute festival hopefuls lined up at the door eager to get one of the last spots available. Kids from Utah, Pocatello (Idaho), La Grande (Ore.) and everywhere in between made up the bell and chimes choirs.
During an intense two-day clinic, Phyllis Tincher, a professional hand bell teacher and soloist, taught kids bell-ringing basics with games and fun exercises to enhance musical skills. “The campus was full of giggles and activity as participants roamed the campus," said one teacher. "It was awesome.”
Scores of proud parents were on hand Sabbath, Jan. 24, for the final concert. Students got a chance to display their new skills and played several pieces. “The festival was hands-on learning at its best," said Ben Purvis, Gem State music director. "We look forward to raising a generation of hand bell and chimes players through the festival in the years to come.”