How about checking us out sometime to see if you would like to ring with us.
Bells of the Bluffs is always interested in ringers who would like to try out for this amazing group. If you would like to audition, send me an e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 651-808-4589.
We welcome both men and women and are looking for people who love to ring in any position or have a favorite. Come on and give us a try. Members come to be a part of BoB from Minneapolis, Hastings, Hampton, Prescott and Red Wing. Our member from Minneapolis says she enjoys the beautiful farm country and the transition from city to country each week and it gives her a sense of calm and peace of mind. We would love to see ringers from the Rochester and surrounding area. Check us out!!!!!
Membership in Bells of the Bluffs provides ringers the opportunity increase their handbell ringing skills and contribute to the ensemble’s growth, development and recognition in the handbell world.
Good ringing skills are essential to being a member of the ensemble.
Commitment, positive attitude and aptitude are required to be a part of the ensemble.
Requirements for Membership & Rehearsals
As a member of the ensemble, ringers will be able increase their skills, be a part of an ensemble that will promote the art of handbell ringing on a more professional level.
Rehearsals: Thursdays 5:00 – 7:00
First Lutheran Church, 615 W 5th Street, Red Wing, MN
Requirements of Membership:
Must attend all rehearsals or obtain their own substitute
Must be committed to the ensemble
Must have a positive attitude
Must be an experienced handbell ringer.
Must be willing to commit to a 1.5 hour rehearsal each Thursday night.
Must be willing to take music home to prepare.
Pay a fee of $75.00 to the ensemble for music and to offset any expenses that may occur.
Must be 18 years of age
Here are some comments from our ringers and why they auditioned:
“I have been playing handbells with my church group has always been a joy, but I was ready for something a bit more challenging. Bells of the Bluffs has allowed me to play more difficult music and expand my skills as a handbell ringer. I absolutely love it!! ” Robyn Keyport (Hastings)
“I decided to audition for Bells of the Bluffs because I loved their sound, their passion for the music and their open, friendly approach to sharing their talents — and because I wanted a new musical challenge. My two years with the group have been enormous fun, full of shared learning, caring for each other and making all types of beautiful music together. Handbells have been a great addition to my experience with organ, piano and French horn. There’s so much to learn and it’s a great feeling to work together as an ensemble.” Cynthia Clanton (Hampton)
“My initial draw was Marilee’s directing. Our paths had crossed over the years and I believed this would be a great experience. Along with that was the opportunity to again be part of a group with a broader community mission and–the treat–one that was just forming its identity and repertoire. Last year was quite special being a part of this group’s growth. This year, the fun continues. And the miles melt on my return trip home across country roads following each rehearsal because my head is filled with the music we’ve made together. Life is good.” Lori Oleson (Minneapolis)