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Beyond the Bells -Alyssa Boock

One of the best things about Twin Cities Bronze is all the wonderful people in the group.  We all have at least one thing in common – our love for playing handbells.  Yet each person in the ensemble is unique and we all have various interests outside of handbells.  Some of us have degrees and/or jobs in the music industry, while others (like me) do not.  We cross paths with people in this group that we might not meet otherwise.  As for me, knowing these people has had a positive impact on my life.  I am happy that I have crossed paths with each and every member of the group, past and present.

Naturally there isn’t much time for chit-chat during rehearsals, so what better way to get to know people than going out to dinner together?   We try to go out for dinner after rehearsal at least once a month.  This gives us a chance to catch up with each other, tell stories, and get to know some of the members we might not know as well.  This is especially useful when getting to know the newer members of the group.  We want everyone to feel included and the best way to do that is to have all the veteran ringers bombard the new ringers with a bunch of questions. 

When I first knew I wanted to ring with Twin Cities  Bronze, I lived too far away and had a job that had me traveling too much to make regular rehearsals.  But then I moved, got a new job and suddenly had the opportunity to audition with Twin Cities Bronze!  I was still pretty new to the area and didn’t know many people in the Twin Cities, let alone anyone in the ensemble!  At the audition, I sat next to a friendly girl who seemed pretty confident in how her audition was going, unlike me … turns out we both made it and have become good friends!

In the almost four years that I’ve been in the group, I have done several social activities with Bronze members outside of rehearsals.  Some of the group members are also members in other musical ensembles and we attend their concerts to support (or surprise) them.  We also have potlucks, game nights, bonfires, and movie nights.  We have hosted baby showers and wedding showers, gone hiking and geocaching, met for card making and scrapbooking, attended sporting events and the state fair, and even went rock climbing!  We have celebrated weddings and been there for each other in times of loss.

One thing I know for sure is that my life would not be the same without Twin Cities Bronze and the friendships I’ve made.