The talented Ben Brown introducing “Pirates of the Caribbean” to the 2013 National Handbell Seminar in Portland, Oregon and describing how hipster handbell ringing really is.
Tintabulations, a community handbell ensemble from Reno, Nevada, presents their annual Christmas concert, this year entitled “A Hipster’s Carol”.
Clad in their trademark green Converse shoes, this hour long concert will feature unique arrangements of everyone’s favorite carols performed on 120 bells and chimes. The entire concert will be narrated with an original poem about one man’s quest to find his own meaning of the holiday season. From upbeat songs like “Ding Dong, Merrily on High” to dramatic versions of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “The First Noel”, this concert will put even the toughest grinch in the holiday spirit.
Since its founding in 1996, Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble (or just “Tintab”, as the members like to refer to it) has been pushing the boundaries of traditional handbell performance and entertaining audiences around the west coast. Barb Walsh, the group’s director and a local music teacher, started Tintab with a handful of ambitious high school students. The group has since grown to include University of Nevada students, music teachers, and working professionals from all walks of life. Tintab performs with The Reno Pops and Reno Philharmonic, as well as giving concerts throughout Nevada, California, Oregon, Hawaii, and even Disneyland.
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Photos from Tintab’s performance at the 2013 Handbell Musician’s of America National Seminar in Portland, Oregon. Along the way we performed in Redding, California, Salem, Oregon, Medford, Oregon, and rafted the rogue river!
Tintabulations had the honor of performing the opening concert at the 2013 Handbell National Seminar in Portland, Oregon. Two of our members run a blog about handbells and wrote about the experience:
I will admit that the prospect of ringing for 600+ bell ringers was a bit intimidating. Not only was that just a large audience, every member in the audience was familiar with bells and knew what to watch for. But there was something magical about ringing in front of that audience. Maybe it was the fact that we had already performed that concert a dozen times, or the fact that this would be our only time to show off, but what ever happened the hour and twenty minute concert we performed was the most magical time I have ever spent on a stage. I have been ringing for a dozen years now, and that is the first concert I can honestly say that I left everything on that stage. Watching back the tape from the concert it is clear that everyone else in the group did exactly the same thing. The photo at the top of the article is our group’s picture just moments after coming off stage and you can see the glow in everyone’s faces. We all felt incredibly lucky to be chosen for this honor, and we didn’t waste one moment of it.
Read more about the trip on their blog!
The jazz standard “Misty” arranged by Arnold Sherman and performed by Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble at the 2013 Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar in Portland, Oregon. Conducted by Derek Nance
“Fancye” written by Tim Waugh and performed by Tintabulations as part of their 2013 Journeys concert series.
“Lenten Piece” by Larry Sue. Music can be purchased on his website.
We had a great time this past December ringing for fans throughout Reno and Carson City. These pictures were taken at the Carson City Community Center as we entertained guests before a performance of the Sierra Nevada Ballet.
Tintabulations Handbell ensemble performing the epic Sandra Eithun arrangement of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” at the Redding Handbell Festival. A big thanks to Larry and Carla Sue for filling in with us on this performance (they are the two not wearing green)!