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Why do we ring?

Why I ring handbells? Ohana means family. A family of hand bell ringers who make music as one instrument. We depend upon each other to play music. We play music to share the experience as an extended family. Music shared connects us in a mystical way. In that moment, we are one family.

Why do we ring?

When I started learning to play handbells with the Shared Joy BRingers after 62 years of no musical education or experience, I found much more than just a great teacher/director. I also found an encouraging community of musicians who supported each member — no matter their skill level. Since handbells isn’t a solo instrument and I didn’t have to play all the notes, my initial anxiety was relieved. Today, nearly 17 years later I am still just as interested in this form of creative expression, and with each rehearsal I am still learning how to play with feeling. I find the handbell choir to be like another family in my life, and I treasure this form of music expression because each song connec