Bottom left: I get caught in my black shirt, can’t get rid of it, and manage to pass the shirt right along with the bell to my neighbor. Fred Gramann’s “Change Ring Prelude on Divinum Mysterium“, performed by the Westminster Ringers under Larry Henning.

Contributed by Laura Swafford 

Second row, rightmost ringer: about 10 seconds in, her D4 breaks, and her neighbor catches it. Hart Morris’ “In the Mood”, still Westminster Ringers, still directed by Larry Henning.

Contributed by Laura Swafford 

Larry Sue’s mallet problem. Kevin McChesney’s “Procession of the Nobles”, performed at Bay View Week of Handbells under the direction of Carl Wiltse in 2012.

Contributed by Larry Sue 

We were playing for a retirement home, and had a sub come in for a missing ringer. He had to 6-in-hand some upper bells but hadn’t ever practiced that part with us. He gave the bells a strong ring and the F8(?) went flying out of his hand and landed on the carpet in front of the tables. The director was looking towards the bass and didn’t see it happen.  The rest of us nearby struggled so hard not to laugh.  At the end of the song one of the audience members put the bell back on the table, and the director knew nothing about it until the concert was over. 

Contributed by Carol Pickford 

At a rehearsal, I had a sixth-grader lose hold of the G4 chime. It flew behind him, ricocheted off the ceiling, the window, then landed right-side up on a table right next to the desktop computer. The chime was okay, and I now use that story to illustrate why we should play the chimes gently. 

Contributed by Heather Dixon