Digital systems produce true bell sounds with no moving parts. Our modern world has door bells, telephone bells, intercom system bells, electronic church bells, alarm-clock bells, and watches, just to name a few. The sound of bells are very effective for calling communities together for general alerts, special announcements and ceremonies, including dire warnings of bad things to come, such as earthquakes, fires, floods and other disasters. We have hand bells, bell choirs, bells on children’s shoes and clothing, on jewelry, and on animal collars on cats, dogs, cows, goats, and sheep. We have school bells, and bells used for fire alarms, police alarms, ambulances, and even at some stop signs. And don’t forget dinner bells and Santa’s sleigh bells! Percussion musicians in bands and orchestras use bells, and of course, every December we enjoy hearing bells making beautiful music at Christmas time. Almost everywhere one goes you may hear bells of some sort or another used for many purposes. So the next time you hear a bell, think about how far the little bell has evolved. It certainly has added a lot, not only to our musical environment, but it continues to be used in many creative and different ways. Here’s wishing you a Wonderful Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and a Very Happy New Year! Now Ring those bells! Don’t miss “Songs of the Season,” The Danville Community Band’s annual Christmas Concert, Sunday, December, 11, 2016, 4:00 p.m. Community Presbyterian Church,222 W. El Pintado Rd. Danville. Free concert and parking. Please submit your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.danvilleband.org for up-to-date information about the Danville Community Band.
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