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DHE ringers (left to right) Nancy Kindraka, Rachel Kain, Lynette Hoelter, Rose French, Diane Brown, and Shelly Walldorff pause for a quick selfie along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. DHE ringers (left to right) Nancy Kindraka, Rachel Kain, Lynette Hoelter, Rose French, Diane Brown, and Shelly Walldorff pause for a quick selfie along the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

In late June 2019, the Detroit Handbell Ensemble hit the road for Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to perform a feature concert at the Area 2 Festival Conference and Young Ringer Festival. We were very excited to be invited to this event and to perform for friends and colleagues in the handbell community.

The concert was well received with audience members singing along to our signature Motown Medley. On our way home, we performed in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, where we were hosted by DHE ringer Lynette Hoelter's family. It was a wonderful and exciting trip all around, full of fellowship and great music.

Area 2 is a regional subset of Handbell Musicians of America, a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the musical art and excellence of handbells. Area 2 serves handbell musicians and educators in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario. Detroit Handbell Ensemble is a proud member of Area 5, which serves Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia.

Please enjoy these photos from our trip!

DHE's equipment is all loaded up and ready for the trip to Area 2.

DHE's equipment is all loaded up and ready for the trip to Area 2.

Taking DHE's equipment upstairs in a freight elevator.

Getting DHE's equipment upstairs to the concert hall involved some adventures in a freight elevator!

DHE group photo at Area 2 performance

All ready to go for DHE's Saturday evening performance at the Area 2 Festival Conference.

DHE rehearses for a concert in Middleberg, Ohio

DHE rehearses for a concert in Middleberg, Ohio.

DHE member Kyle Webber in sunglasses

DHE member Kyle Webber knows how to have a good time.

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