Stafford regional handbell society

With over 15 years of experience leading, directing and organizing handbell ensembles and events, we are comitted to not only helping you discover the right group for you but in growing your skills in ways you never dreamed of.

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We proudly perform with the finest made handbells in the world
and have obtained the largest collection of handbells in the world.

Malmark Handbells
Schulmerich Handbells
Whitechapel Handbells
Petit & Fritsen Handbells
Deagan Handbells

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December 20th - 7 p.m.

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December 20th - 7:15 p.m.

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November 19th - 7 p.m.

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December 12th - 7 p.m.

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December 19th - 6:30 p.m.

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December 1st - 7 p.m.

Directions

You can find our rehearsal studio at
112 Juliad Court, Suite 111
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406


About Us

How we got our start, directions and staff

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Concerts

Find out what is happening for one of our upcoming concert series

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Bells After School

Check out our Nationally renowned Children's Ringing program

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Join Us!

Membership Information, rehearsal schedules, on-line registration

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Ensembles

We believe that the key to your happiness and success is in pairing you with the right ensemble to play in.  We feature ensemble opportunities for everyone at all levels.  Most of our ensembles have a come and play membership requirement, whereas some require an additional audition, but all ensembles will ask for your commitment to be at rehearsals consistently and with an attitude focused on growth.
Every Ringer Counts!

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Beginning Ringers

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Intermediate Ringers

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Advanced Ringers

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Professional Ringers

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Ringers with special needs

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Small Ensemble Ringing

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Children and youth
ringing teams

The backbone and genesis of our organization came from and is constantly grown by our Children's and Youth Ringing Programs.  Here at the Society each student is carefully placed in an ensemble to help them grow and achieve success at their own pace and according to their individual abilities.
Every Ringer Counts!

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Beginning Ringers

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Intermediate
Level 1 ringers

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intermediate
level 2 ringers

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advanced
ringers

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PREMIERE
Ringers

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Every Ringer Counts!

We believe that one of the secrets to our success has been in that motto.  From the youngest to the oldest and the lowest level beginner to the most elite professional, every member of the Stafford Regional Handbell Society matters.  Our 7,000 square foot rehearsal and performance center as well as our extensive inventory of handbells is at the disposal of every member, every hour of the day.  Our entire staff is available to help you in your journey to becoming a happier, healthier and skilled handbell musician.  It's not just our motto, it's how we live.


More Than Just a Membership

Your participation in the Stafford Handbell Society is so much more than just a membership. We are developing entirely new methods of reaching a larger audience, we are changing young lives through a love of handbells, and we are truly a fellowship of ringers. We look forward to welcoming you into the family.


I started playing handbells at my church in third grade and continued playing through high school. I didn’t have an opportunity to play bells as much while I was in college and after, and I missed it greatly. When we moved to Fredericksburg in 2017, I was teaching a night class at the UMW StaFford campus and saw a poster about the Stanford Regional Handbell Society. I hadn’t gotten involved with any musical opportunities in the area yet so I could adjust to a new city and a new job, but SRHS was the first group I contacted after my self-imposed one-semester adjustment period, and it was the best decision I could have made. I’ve been able to connect with passionate musicians who are also amazing human beings. I’ve even recruited my husband to join the group, even though he had never played handbells before. Playing bells is a way for me to make music and be part of a wonderful community at the same time, and it’s been so fun to watch the group grow even in the few years I have been involved with it! I will also never forget the opportunity this group provided me to arrange and perform my first-ever handbell piece, “Ham[bell]ton.”

Dr. Melissa Wells
Stafford Handbell Society Member

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"We Want to be a part of helping you become a member of our growing handbell family. come join the fun and discover the joy we experiene each and every week where
Every ringer counts"
Phillip Wayne Lanier (Musical Director)