We’re glad you found the Area 8 online home for Handbell Musicians of America.  We are a five-state region of an international organization of handbell ringers, directors, composers, clinicians, and innovators.  Area 8 contains Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, and is home to some of the world’s great handbell musicians, ensembles, conductors, teachers, and composers.  There are several things that make our area awesome:

               √Our biennial Festival Conference Ring in the Land of Lincoln.                                √Our Handchime Loan Program here.

                         √Our State Chapters here.                             √Our Newsletter, Quavers, here.                              √Our People here.

SPRINGFIELD 2016 final

Please join us June 22-25, 2016 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois to RING IN THE LAND OF LINCOLN!

Our clinicians will be Monica McGowan, Michael Helman and Cathy Moklebust.

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With performances by Rezound! and Bells in Motion.



Earn your Level 1 Certification in Handbell Techniques, Music Theory, plus the Handchimes in Music Education elective this summer in Area 8!  Conveniently located in St. Louis, Missouri, we are offering these elements of the Guild’s certification program for the first 15 applicants on the beautiful campus of Missouri Baptist University. Click here for information and registration.

Patrick Gagnon
Chair, Area 8

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