Summit 2018

Friends, Fun, & Handbells – It is everything you could want and all with some true Texas hospitality.

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Welcome to Area 9’s Summit 2018! You can learn all of the details about Area 9’s biennial handbell festival for handbell musicians of all skill levels and ages. This Summit is the Ringin’ Rodeo Roundup as we head to the Rodeo Capital of Texas – Mesquite. Located just minutes east of Dallas, Mesquite combines the best of the Old West with award-winning historic sites and the latest in shopping and the arts.

At Summit 2018, you will have the chance to participate in educational and engaging classes; enjoy performances by some of our best choirs, ensembles, and soloists; browse and shop through exhibit booths from handbell publishers, retailers, manufacturers and more. In the evenings, you can head into downtown Mesquite to explore local shops and eateries, socialize with friends during game night, experience one of our escape rooms, or relax by the pool. It is everything you could want and all with some true Texas hospitality.

There is a lot of information available here on our website, and we’ll be updating these pages with more news as Summit 2018 draws near. However, if we forgot something or did not answer a question you have, please let us know.


We all love to make great music with our friends, and Summit 2018 will be no exception. We have picked the best repertoire for our ringin’ rodeo roundup. Take a peek.

Yesu, Ananipenda (Jesus Loves Me)
arr. Cathy Moklebust
Level 3+
CGB 981
Meditation on “There Is A Fountain”
arr. Sandra Eithun
Level 2+
AP 23150
Rondo Passacaglia
Cynthia Dobrinski
Level 3+
HP 1237
Keep Your Lamps
arr. Michael Glasgow
Level 3
HP 2586

Area 9 reserves the right to cancel any portion or all portions of Summit 2018
if the number of registrations is deemed insufficient.

Summit 2018 Sponsors

Phillips 66
Dinner/Lunch Sponsor

Wilson Van Tine
Dinner/Lunch Sponsor

The Springer Company
Visionary Sponsor

Houston Bronze Ensemble
Director Sponsor

Malmark Bellcraftsmen
Musician Sponsor

Schulmerich Bells
Musician Sponsor

Austin Handbell Ensemble
Wi-Fi Sponsor

Heitz Handbells and Music
Wi-Fi Sponsor

Use of Tablets to Hold Music

Handbell Musicians of America is committed to upholding the copyright laws of the United States and protecting the rights of our publishers, arrangers, and composers. If you wish to use a tablet computer to hold your music in place of standard paper copies on a music stand, you must contact the publisher of each piece of music to first obtain permission to convert a purchased piece of music to the format required for the tablet you are using. Copies of the written permission received from publishers must be presented on request from the event organizer, event chair, or Handbell Musicians of America staff. Permission from a publisher for one piece does not imply permission for other songs from the same publisher. The title of each song used in this format must be included in the written permission received. Attendee should also have legally purchased copies of all music with them for verification.