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When and where do you rehearse?

  • Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 at Chapel Methodist Church in Madison, Ohio. 2019 Hubbard Road. 

How many concerts do you perform?

  • We are planning two full concerts for 2024. Once we purchase bells we will add smaller, outreach events. 

Do I have to know how to ring?

  • Not for bass bells, but you must be physically able to ring bells that are heavy and you must read music. You must have handbell experience to ring from C5 (middle C) up. 

Does it cost to join?

  • No! We wear gloves which we will supply. If you lose your gloves, you will have to purchase another pair. Occasionally we will ask for donations, but they are voluntary.

What kind of music does Decibells play?

  • We play both sacred and secular music that fits into a concert theme. We do not promote any specific religion, but we may play sacred music, especially at Christmas. At the spring concerts, most of the music will be secular, like the Beatles, show tunes, classical pieces, oldies, and folk songs. And of course, some rock and roll!

What if I have to miss a rehearsal?

  • Handbell ringing involves muscle memory. If you miss, not only are you not learning the music, but your team is without a player. Everybody has an occasional conflict, but we expect you to take the commitment seriously and attend rehearsals. Frequent absences are not fair to the others.

 I want to try it! Now what?

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