Arkansas Xtreme Ring!

The Arkansas chapter of the Handbell Musicians of America hosted their first Xtreme Ring! today at the Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. This event for grades 3 through 8 replaced our Handbell Olympics, and included classes on Orff instruments and percussion. At the end of the day, the ringers played four pieces which they learned in the rehearsals (no music was prepared in advance), drums and Orff class performed, and a 6-member advanced group played a piece accompanied by the piano. Mary Ibis, associate director for music at Second Presbyterian, was our clinician. She has a fabulous gift for working with children, and very effective methods for getting first-time ringers to actually make music. We look forward to working with her again.

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