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. High school, college students, and community members have joined with selected ringers from the four bell ensembles at Duluth’s First United Methodist Church to provide a consistently high level of musicianship since Strikepoint began in 1984.
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, national, and international handbell festivals and symposia events, as well as five National Seminars.
Strikepoint rings six octaves of bronze Schulmerich handbells with additional aluminum Malmark bass bells, seven octaves of handchimes, two octaves of Silver Melody Bells, and three 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 most recent 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. The ensemble has produced nine recordings, which have been featured on local, national, and international broadcasts, and their social media posts have a large following. They are highly regarded in the handbell world as pioneers and innovators and are considered one of the very top handbell ensembles in the world.
A Strikepoint concert is guaranteed to provide a fast-paced, high-energy, rollicking good time!