New ringer Bobbie graduates

A new RingerBobbie is now ready to start ringing rounds with the band.  She rings safely and reliably on her own, as shown by tonight’s class at which she set her bell ten times in twelve strokes (hand and back).  She will now attend weekly practices and, soon, service ringing, learning to ring rounds, then tenor behind, lead, follow call changes, and so forth on the way to ringing methods.

Bobbie is the seventh new ringer to graduate from the Miami classes over the past eighteen months, following Anne, Barbara, Eoin, Nancy, Carroll, and Lynn.

New ringer Lynn graduates

A new RingerLynn is now ready to start ringing rounds with the band.  She rings safely and reliably on her own, as shown by yesterday’s class at which she set her bell twenty-one times running.  She will now attend weekly practices and, soon, service ringing, learning to ring rounds, then tenor behind, lead, follow call changes, and so forth on the way to ringing methods.

Lynn is the sixth new ringer to graduate from the Miami classes over the past eighteen months, following Anne, Barbara, Eoin, Nancy, and Carroll.

New ringer Carroll graduates

A new RingerAfter a second start at the end of the summer, learner Carroll is now ready to start ringing rounds with the band.  She rings safely and reliably on her own, as shown by yesterday’s class at which she (on her own initiative) rang continuously for 15 minutes, twice.  She will continue to work on setting and on lowering, two skills she still needs to master, and on relaxing and gripping the tail of the rope in the crook of her left thumb rather than with her fifth finger.  I suspect she will also work on ringing 20 minutes continuously, then 30, and so on.  But from now on she will attend weekly practices and, soon, service ringing, learning to ring rounds, then tenor behind, lead, follow call changes, and so forth on the way to ringing methods.

New ringer Nancy graduates

Nancy is a learner no longer;  she is now safe to ring without a spotter.  Nancy began learning to ring at the end of January and required about two dozen classes to reach this point.  Instead of classes she will henceforth come to Early Practice and Extra Practice to work on specific skills, and stay on for regular practice where she will continue working on ringing rounds, then move on to call changes, tenoring behind, and so forth on the way to ringing methods.

Congratulations, Nancy, and welcome to the band!

New ringers Barbara and Eoin graduate

Barbara and Eoin are learners no longer;  they are now safe to ring without a spotter.  Barbara and Eoin were the first students in the current batch of ringers, beginning to learn to ring just before Thanksgiving.  They each required about eleven hours of instruction to reach this point.  Instead of classes they will henceforth come to Early Practice and Extra Practice to work on specific skills, and stay on for regular practice where they will continue working on ringing rounds, then move on to tenoring behind, call changes, and so forth on the way to ringing methods.

Congratulations, Barbara and Eoin, and welcome to the band!

New ringer Anne graduates

Anne is a new ringer no longer;  she is now safe to ring without a spotter.  Anne began learning to ring just before Thanksgiving and required about a dozen classes to reach this point.  Instead of classes she will henceforth come to Early Practice to work on specific skills, and stay on for regular practice where she will continue working on ringing rounds, then move on to call changes, tenoring behind, and so forth on the way to ringing methods.

Congratulations, Anne, and welcome to the band!