Rock Roll & Ring: Area 5 Spring Festival 2022

March 18 – 19, 2022

Cleveland, Ohio

Alex Guebert, Guest Conductor

Opening Concert: The Raleigh Ringers

Area 5 arrives at the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for a weekend of handbell music, education, fellowship and fun!

Please read below for more detailed information. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Early Registration – $80 per person, received by January 15, 2022
Regular Registration – $90 per person, received by February 28, 2022
No registrations will be accepted after February 28, 2022

Rentals of 8 foot tables at $12 each are available with registration.

Online registration will open October 15, 2021 at 8:00 AM Eastern.

Register for the 2022 Spring Festival in Cleveland

Guest Conductor: Alex Guebert

Alex Guebert is a composer, arranger, clinician, percussionist, music director and music teacher from Orange, California. He leads three advanced-level handbell groups: Cathedral Bells of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Orange, L.A. Bronze, and Concert Handbells at Concordia University Irvine. His award-winning handbell compositions and arrangements have been published and performed nationwide and overseas. Alex’s compositional style is a result of his background as a percussionist, his love of film and video game score, and his desire to broaden the horizons of handbell repertoire. Alex holds an M.M. in Music Composition from Cal State Long Beach, where his graduate recital featured a 25-minute work for handbells, strings, and percussion. Some of Alex’s most recent forays into the national scene of handbells include teaching classes at Handbell Musicians of America national and local seminars and leading several mass ring events. Alex lives in Orange with his wife Heather who works as a scientist in the Orange County Crime Lab, and baby daughter Emma Joy, who shares her dad’s love of music and her mom’s scientific curiosity about the world!

COVID-19 Policy for Area 5 Spring Festivals
We want a safe and healthy environment for everyone who attends an Area 5 event. Therefore, we have established the following guidelines in response to COVID-19. Please click the link to read the full policy.
Rock, Roll & Ring T-shirts!

Rock, Roll & Ring T-shirts are available for purchase!

You can place your order through Freckles Graphics. Shirts are $10; slightly more for larger sizes.

Orders must be in by March 2, 2022, when the online store will officially close. Shirts will then be printed and shipped to your home, so you can wear them at the event, if you wish.

So get the word out and order today! The shirts are gray, with the event logo on the back, and pretty rockin’!

Event Location and Lodging

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113

The group rate is $149 USD per night. Click here to reserve your room under the group rate. You can also call the hotel and reference the group Area 5 Handbell. The group rate is an estimation for a block of rooms, which Area 5 is committed to use. It is recommended that registrants be cognizant of reserving rooms, to be assured of receiving the group rate. Area 5 has no control over hotel requirements for deposits with reserving rooms. The last day to book is February 24, 2022.

If you experience issues booking hotel rooms, especially rooms with two beds, please contact Connie Nicholson at [email protected].

Parking cost is $20/car daily with in and out privileges.

The festival will be held in the Grand Ballroom. The hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and was built in 1918. The hotel is attached to the Tower City Center Mall and is just under one mile from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Make your arrival in Cleveland successful by following these steps:

– Registration is open 1:00-4:00 PM
– Check in before you unload (Gold Coat Check on the 3rd floor)
– Group leader signs compliance form for Covid-19 policy and receives welcome bag
– Attendees required to wear masks and name badges to enter all festival rooms
– Unload using the hotel loading dock (West 3rd and West Prospect) or bring equipment from hotel parking lots
– Set-up equipment on ringing floor in the Grand Ballroom

Festival Repertoire
Music may be purchased directly from the publishers of any music retailer. Our HIC retailers include: Heitz Handbells & Music, Jeffers Handbell Supply, and J.W. Pepper. All attendees should have legally purchased copies of all music on hand at the event. Photocopies are not allowed without proof of license or proof of purchase.

Click here to download director notes from Alex Guebert.


  • Rondo Jubilee – Austin; Hope Publishing MHP2934; Level 2+
  • Gratitude – Guebert; Ringing Word MRW8274; Level 2-
  • Clocks – Coldplay / arr. Richards, Hope Publishing MHP2569; Level 3-


  • Let It Be – Lennon, McCartney / arr. McChesney; Jeffers MJHS9500; Level 3-
  • Almighty – Watson /arr. McChesney; Ring Praise MRP7516; Level 2


  • Morning Has Broken – Gaelic Melody / arr. Raney, Hope Publishing MHP2430; Level 3+
  • Firework – Perry / arr. Glasgow, Hope Publishing MHP2654; Level 3+

Friday, March 18, 2022

1:00-4:00 PM Registration and Setup
3:00-6:45 PM Vendors Open
4:00-5:00 PM Early-Bird Classes
5:00-6:45 PM Dinner On Your Own
6:45-8:00 PM Massed Rehearsal
8:15-9:45 PM Raleigh Ringers Concert

Saturday, March 19, 2022

8:00-9:00 AM Massed Rehearsal
8:30 AM Vendors Open
9:15-10:15 AM Coppers Rehearse; Tins in Class
10:30-11:30 AM Tins Rehearse; Coppers in Class
11:30 AM-1:00 PM Lunch On Your Own
1:00-2:00 PM Coppers Rehearse; Tins in Class
2:15-3:15 PM Tins Rehearse; Coppers in Class
3:30 PM Vendors Close
3:30-4:30 PM Final Concert Rehearsal
5:00-6:00 PM Final Concert and Closing Bell
Class Sessions

We have a wealth of exciting classes for attendees to explore, including several presented by our guests, The Raleigh Ringers.

Mallet Technique: Play Like A Percussionist – Alex Guebert (Early Bird session only)
Repertoire Read For 2023 South Bend – Patty Saunders
Treble Bell Techniques – Raleigh Ringers
Bass Bell Techniques – Raleigh Ringers
Meet the Raleigh Ringers – Raleigh Ringers
Petting Zoo – Raleigh Ringers
Cleveland Rocks! – Derek Hakes
Techniques A-Z – Raleigh Ringers (Tins session only)
Mixing it up with…Boomwhackers! – Julie Hyatt
Small Group Ringing: Tips, Skill-Building and Repertoire – Jarod Ogier
Weaving & Conundrums: 3 Bells vs. 2 Hands – Nancy Kindraka
Battle of the Bells – Kelly Johns
We Got the Beat – Joe Galyon
So What’s It Like To Be A Boardie? – Rhonda Blacklock

Class list and clinicians subject to change.

Opening Concert: The Raleigh Ringers

NOTE: This concert is free for festival attendees. A limited number of tickets are available to the public for purchase. For ticket and attendance information please visit,-Ohio

The Raleigh Ringers is an internationally acclaimed, advanced community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since its founding in 1990, The Raleigh Ringers has been dazzling concert audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music, including famous rock ‘n’ roll tunes arranged just for handbells.

Under the direction of David M. Harris, The Raleigh Ringers has released  seven CDs, and two DVDs of holiday concerts titled One Winter Evening at Meymandi and A December Tradition. The first concert was broadcast on more than 250 public television stations in 44 states. The second one has been broadcast in 37 states on over 80 public television stations. The group has performed in 39 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, England and France during its tours, and plays two dates each year at a major venue in Raleigh. The Raleigh Ringers also sponsors an annual festival for children who play handbells, an annual festival for advanced adult ringers, a beginning ringers workshop, and a read & ring for advanced ringers and teaches handbell techniques classes at Raleigh Ringers Central several times a year.

The Raleigh Ringers promotes the art of handbell ringing by:


First-time attendees are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the Spring Festival. Applications are due by February 4, 2022.

Photography Policy
The Area 5 Photography Policy can be found here.
HMA Tablet Policy

Handbell Musicians of America is committed to upholding the copyright laws of the United States and protecting the rights of our publishers, arrangers and composers. If you wish to use a tablet computer to hold your music in place of standard paper copies on a music stand, you must contact the publisher of each piece of music to first obtain permission to convert a purchased piece of music to the format required for the tablet you are using. Copies of the written permission received from publishers must be presented on request from the event organizer, event chair, or Handbell Musicians of America staff. Permission from a publisher for one piece does not imply permission for other songs from the same publisher. The title of each song used in this format must be included in the written permission received. Attendee should also have legally purchased copies of all music with them for verification. Titles originally purchased in a digital format do not require permission from the publisher, however, please have a copy of your purchase receipt available.

Cancellation Policy

Full registration amount less $15 per person will be refunded if notification is received by the late registration date. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after this date.

For any questions about the Spring Festival please contact Connie Nicholson at [email protected] or visit the Spring Festival FAQ.


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