Joe Galyon: Reflections from the 2016 Spring Handbell Festival

John Maxwell once said “A leader who produces other leaders multiplies their influences.” I believe that the Area 5 Handbell Musicians of America board took bold steps toward that goal this spring with the launch of the Festival Associate Conductor program. While...

How an Area Festival Hooked Me into Handbells

I attended my very first Area 5 Festival in Spring 2006 in Akron, Ohio. And what an experience it was! The clinician was Dr. Bill Payn, and I was one of approximately 800 ringers in the room. Not kidding, it was huge. And I loved every minute. A rare moment of down...

Letter from the Chair

Greetings Ringers and Directors of Area 5! My name is Susan Oxley, and I want to introduce myself as the new Chair of Area 5. I also want to thank my predecessor, Kay French, for her years of dedicated service for Area 5. Her enthusiasm will be missed by the Area 5...

Area Festivals are a Priceless Experience

Area and National Festivals provide a wealth of opportunities to learn new music, learn new skills, and work with talented clinicians. They also provide something else: the chance for an ensemble to bond musically and socially. Read what an Area 5 handbell director...