Welcome to
Area 12

Serving California, Nevada, and Hawaii


  • LA Metro Happy Hour

    October 1, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Directors and ringers are welcome (even if you're not from LA Metro area!) to get together to talk about what everyone is up to and any hurdles or challenges you're experiencing in the current Covid environment, as well as what LA Metro can do to support you.

    Meeting Details:
    Zoom Meeting Link
    Meeting ID: 831 8413 4194
    Passcode: 363362

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  • Redding Handbell Festival (Cancelled - Rescheduled to 2021)

    October 10, 2020 @ 8:45 am - 5:45 pm
    CrossPointe Community Church, 2960 Hartnell Avenue, Redding, CA

    UPDATE - Aug 22, 2020 - After much consideration to the health and welfare of all people who were planning to attend the Redding Handbell Festival and following the guidelines of Shasta County Public Health Services in regards to COVID-19:

    The October 10, 2020 Redding Handbell Festival has been rescheduled to October 16, 2021.

    Everything will stay the same: Tessique Houston, Massed Director, Barb Walsh, RedZone, Director, Classes and Music Selections

    If you already purchased the music, no problem. Please save your registration forms and use
    them next year. We look forward to offering this endorsed event next year. Please stay safe and healthy!


    The Redding Handbell Festival features massed ringing under the direction of Tessique Houston. There will also be classes of interest to further your education of handbell ringing such as basic ringing, bell trees, score study, bell maintenance, handchimes, 4 in hand ringing, learning how to prepare simple arrangements for your bell choir, conundrums, stopped sound techniques, stem direction does count, and Revving Up to The Red Zone Bronze Choir taught by Barb Walsh and her Tintabulations.

    Registration is $35.00 per ringer. Contact: Nancy Schmitt at 530-275-4770 or schmitt@awwwsome.com. Or you can download registration forms here.


    This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America

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Order your Area 12 member polo shirt today. Then show your Area 12 pride - Submit photos wearing your #Area12Pride shirt to the Twelfth Tone! Please check the size chart measurements below to ensure you're ordering the best size. Polo shirts are Kelly Green in color...

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