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Malmark Newsletter - Winter 2017

Happy New Year from everyone at Malmark! We hope you are eagerly anticipating the possibilities of 2017 and that you'll find The Resonance to be not only interesting but inspiring in some small, or big, way! Read behind the scenes details of the crowd-pleasing Ring Noel! concerts that have become a tradition at First UMC, Round Rock, TX - don't miss the video! Be motivated by new ideas for using bells in worship by one of Malmark's newest representatives, Shaw Gingrich. Finally, see what's new from the innovative minds at Malmark!

Thank you for being Malmark customers and for your dedication to making 2017 a year full of more beautiful music! Please feel free to comment and to share your musical experiences with Malmark products at We look forward to hearing from you!

Product Spotlight - Malmark Turnings

Merriam Webster defines the 14th century word "turning" in 3 ways of which Malmark is most interested is the last - 3a and 3b. Daily, the turning of bronze and aluminum castings are at the core of handbell crafting at Malmark. So, what better word to describe our new jewelry line! As the raw casting is turned to create the perfect profile, or shape, the waste produced in this process has often been a source of interest to visitors taking a Malmark tour. We understand because there's something almost magical about the small, shiny metal flakes.

Find out more about Malmark Turnings here:

Technique Tip - Stickin’ It with Mallets

Although we are privileged to see the beauty of bronze handbells every day in the factory we also see bells sent to us with damage from improper mallet use leaving cracks or holes in castings! We are also asked frequently to instruct customers on the proper mallet ranges for their bell set. So, this month we are sharing basic information about choosing the proper mallet for the ringing job.

The first step in proper mallet technique in ringing is to select the correct mallet. This means choosing the stick with a mallet head of the proper density (or hardness) for the instrument. A too-dense mallet head on the incorrect bell can cause a crack or hole in a casting whereas one that is too "soft" or not dense enough will produce a sound that is muted and lacking in resonant tone.

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Meet The Crew - Shawn Gingrich

Shawn Gingrich began ringing handbells in college in 1988 and since then has been hooked on ringing. He has worked as a church musician for the past twenty-nine years and currently serves First United Methodist Church in Hershey as Director of Music Ministry where he directs the choirs and serves as organist. In addition to his church work Shawn is the adjunct organ and handbell instructor at Messiah College in Grantham and he directs the Hershey Handbell Ensemble, an auditioned community handbell ensemble which he founded in 2004. Shawn has ben a solo handbell ringer for 25 years and has been coached by Christine Anderson, Nancy Hascall, and Sueda Lutrell.

Shawn is honored to represent Malmark for the state of Pennsylvania. Read more about Shawn here and feel free to contact him at

Using Handbells Creatively in Worship - by Shawn Gingrich

I am strongly interested in worship arts and utilizing many aspects of artistic elements in worship as much as possible. One thing that is an easy augmentation is to use handbells more creatively in worship. Besides ringing a special selection there are many other ways to use handbells in worship.

Accompanying a choral anthem – many choral anthems have augmenting handbell parts or can be accompanied exclusively by handbells

Accompanying Psalmody – for congregations who chant or use psalmody with responses, it is easy to find settings already prepared, play right out of the hymnal, or write out parts for yourself after obtaining permission

Accompany hymns and service music – if the handbell choir plays the offertory, have them accompany a Doxology that may follow. If they play the prelude, have them join in the first hymn. Have a service where the handbell choir accompanies all of the singing. There are many hymn collections available in publication.

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Video Spotlight - Stellar Performance from Ring Noel! Concert

The Council Oaks Bells from Round Rock, TX are featured ringing this super energetic and fun arrangement of Pat-a-Pan arranged by Sondra Tucker from Hope Publishing. We hope you'll enjoy the syncopated rhythms and the strength felt in this arrangement and be listening for just a hint of the Ukranian Bell Carol within the articulations. It's a level 4 arrangement for 3 to 6 octaves of handbells.

Watch the video here:

Spotlight on Performance - The First Church Handbell Ministry

The First Church Handbell Ministry began in the fall of 1986. Since that time the ministry has grown from one adult 3-octave bell choir to a fully graded program boasting multiple groups. Currently there are three active adult teams, one active adult advanced quartet, two active youth ensembles and two active children's groups (chimes and bells.) Ringers participate in worship services and the ministry also hosts two benefit concerts annually, "Pops" in the spring and "Ring Noel" in December. We asked Carla David, Handbell Coordinator, to share how they create the magic of their traditional Ring Noel concert which had 800 people in attendance in 2016! We hope it will inspire you.

Read more about the First Church Handbell Ministry here:


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