Upstate Festival – ZERO TO HERO

Additional Information

per Carolina  Bronze Handbell Ensemble and Buncombe Street United Methodist Church  celebrate the third annual Upstate Fall Handbell Festival on September  27 and 28 with Brian Childers and Marcia Brantley as our clinicians.


New  this year will be a new division to our festival lead by Marcia  Brantley. This is for the younger ringer or groups that are beginning to  ring. You will learn Level 2 pieces. The music will be provided for you  the day of the festival since you will not be expected to prepare prior to the festival–you have your own separate ringing track. There is an additional $10 cost per person for the music.

What to Bring

Gloves, Music Binders, Music, Tables (optional), Equipment including bells, pads, mallets, and chimes (if available).


Ringers will have the opportunity of signing up for classes at check-in. They may include the following classes:  

  • “Let’s Start at the Very Beginning” basic techniques
  • “Dream Weaver” bell weaving
  • “Hit Me, Don't Beat Me” stopped and mallet techniques
  • “All About that Bass” bass bell techniques
  • New Music Reading Session


Coventry Carol, Julie Stitt, AG35349, AGEHR, 3-5 octaves, L2 

From Sorrow to Joy, Brian Childers, 20598, From the Top Music, 3-7 octaves, L3 

This Joyful Eastertide, Ron Mallory, 46234, Alfred, 3-5 octaves, L3 

Carillon of Praise, Cathy Moklebust, Choristers Guild, 3-6 octaves, L3  

Registration Information  

You may register as a group or as an individual (orphan ringer). Groups: please send one check with the registration form. 

Early Bird registration is $35 per person (HMA members)/$40 (non-members) before August 15, 2019. Regular registration is $40 per person (HMA members)/$45 (non-members)  after August 15, 2019.

Make checks payable to Carolina Bronze Handbell  Ensemble. If you prefer to pay by credit card, please call 864.238.4639.  

Box lunch is included with registration.  

Registration form along with payment should be sent to: Carolina Bronze  c/o Pam Spirko 259 Chickadee Trail Easley, SC 29642 The registration deadline is September 7, 2019. 

Five dollars per person is non-refundable and no refunds will be given after September 15, 2019.  Registration forms are on the registration page or you can call and register by phone 864.238.4639.  

For additional information or questions, please contact Pam Spirko at


September 27, 2019 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM  

September 28, 2019 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM    

Learn More

Zero to Hero new division of the festival with their own clinician. 

Festival Brochure & Registration

Upstate Festival 2019 (pdf)


Festival Registration (pdf)