Strikepoint, from Duluth, Minnesota, is a church-based, community/professional handbell ensemble. Led by artistic director Bill Alexander, this eleven-member group performs in a directorless ensemble setting. College students and community members have joined with selected ringers from the five bell choirs at Duluth's First United Methodist Church to provide a consistently high level of musicianship since Strikepoint began in 1984. Strikepointers are often high school students, and sometimes as young as 13.
Annual summer tours have taken the group throughout the continental U.S. as well as to England, Scotland, Wales, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong, Sweden, and Hawaii. Strikepoint has been the featured performer at numerous Area and National Handbell Festival Conferences , as well as four National Handbell Directors' Seminars.
Strikepoint rings 6-plus octaves of bronze Schulmerich handbells, 7 octaves of handchimes, 2 octaves of Silver Melody Bells, and 3 octaves of Petit and Fritzen handbells, along with a range of other instruments as needed.
Noted for capturing the enthusiasm of audiences with a dynamic style and accessible music, Strikepoint's concert selections can range from Bach to Lady Gaga and include music both familiar and new. Strikepoint's newest recording, “Reflections", is simply "music to calm the mind and restore the spirit." It has been used by thousands for meditation, yoga, and music therapy. Other available recordings include "Top Rung," a combination DVD with bonus CD, and four additional titles on CD. Strikepoint recordings have been featured on local, national, and international broadcasts, and their social media posts have a large following.
Attitude, toward music and people, is an important factor in considering a potential handbell musician. Strikepoint's philosophy includes the goal of making the very best music possible and experiencing the social interdependence and dynamics found only in a group of this kind. Or, as one member put it, "Good Music and Good Food." Pizza parties and other social events play an important role in the Strikepoint culture. While the musicians take their music seriously, everything else is fair game.
A Strikepoint concert is guaranteed to provide a fast-paced, high energy, rollicking good time!