They’ll be here with bells on |

They’ll be here with bells on

SILVERTHORNE ” Still looking for a way to ring in the holiday season?

The Rocky Mountain Ringers (RMR) will be chiming in this weekend at the Silverthorne Pavilion with a holiday hand bell concert.

RMR is an auditioned community hand bell ensemble of advanced ringers from the Denver area. The group strives to increase awareness and appreciation of English hand bells as a legitimate musical form.

“Outreach to inner city youth programs to inspire young musicians is also a priority for our organization,” said Gayla Martin, representative for the ringers.

The ensemble makes at least one appearance at a public school function and one performance to benefit Denver inner city youth each year.

Since 1996, the group has entertained crowds at community and international hand bell events, as well as numerous concerts.

“We collaborate with symphony orchestras, brass ensembles and percussion groups to demonstrate the full potential of hand bells,” Martin said.

RMR consists of 12 ringer members and a conductor. Members travel to Denver to rehearse from homes as far away as Evergreen, Highlands Ranch and Broomfield. In order to qualify for the group, members must audition and serve as volunteers in the organization. Many of the ringers have at least 10 years of experience and serve as directors of other hand bell groups.

In addition to performing, the ringers contribute all of the equipment themselves and fund a significant portion of the expenses through dues and personal donations.

Recent RMR performances include joint concerts with the Arvada Center Chorale and Colorado Children’s Chorale.

The family-friendly concert will take place Sunday at 7 p.m at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 18. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (970) 262-7370.

For more information on RMR, go to

Jennifer Huffman can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at

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