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Join us on our handbell cruise to Alaska

Our handbell cruise ship
Fred Gramann

Bells of the Cascades has become known as the “cruising choir” within the world of handbells, having sponsored 13 seven-day cruises during our history.

Our next handbell cruise runs from July 31 to Aug. 7, 2016 — from Vancouver, BC to Alaska!

Featured clinician Fred Gramann will lead participants through exciting and innovative handbell pieces, with positions open to ringers at all levels. Meanwhile, you’ll enjoy seven days and nights on the Celebrity Infinity along the Inside Passage to the ports of Icy Straight Point, Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, and Ketchikan, Alaska.

The cruise sets sail the day following the 17th International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver, so if you’re already attending that event, this is a perfect way to extend your handbell trip!

Learn more about the cruise and book now.

We can’t wait to see you on the high seas!

Bells of the Cascades announces its third full-length CD: Hitting Things!

Hitting Things! album cover

Continuing the celebration of its 25th year, Bells of the Cascades — building on the premise that handbells are a tuned percussion instrument — has created its third-full length CDHitting Things!

The songs on Hitting Things! pair bells with a variety of other percussive instruments and sounds from traditional drums to less traditional, and somewhat improvised, sounds.

Teaming with Michael Charles Smith (“Marimba Mike”), Bells of the Cascades ends the CD with a spell-binding arrangement of “Bolero” for marimba and handbells arranged for Bells of the Cascades by its director, David York.

Hitting Things! can be purchased for $15 directly from Bells of the Cascades via PayPal, or at CDBaby.

View more information and the track list for Hitting Things!

25th anniversary composition contest winners

Congratulations to the winners of Bells of the Cascades’ 25th anniversary composition contest, announced tonight at our concert:

  • First prize to Alex Guebert from Orange, California for “Out of the Silent Planet
  • Second prize to Michael Mazzatenta from Corpus Christi, Texas for “Brave the Day

Bells of the Cascades will premier the winning compositions at its concert in October — mark your calendar now!

Congratulations to the other composition contest finalists, in no particular order:

  • Ed Martin from Neenah, Wisconsin for “Conjuring
  • John Hooper from Edmonton, Alberta for “Passacaglia Chromatica
  • Nathan Whittaker from Harrisonburg, Virginia for “Penumbra

Once again, we were very pleased with the quality and creativity with all the handbell compositions we received. Thank you!