Strikepoint, from Duluth, Minnesota, is a church-based handbell ensemble with a community group feel. Led by player-coach 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. 'Pointers 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, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong, Sweden, and Hawaii. Strikepoint has been the featured performer at five Area Festival Conferences and a National Festival Conference, as well as five 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 from classical violin and Spanish guitar to penny whistle and fire bell.
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 recordings, "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 National and Minnesota public radio stations and other broadcasts.
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, Good Food." Pizza parties and brownies play an important role in the Strikepoint culture. While the ringers take their music seriously, everything else is fair game.
A Strikepoint concert is guaranteed to provide a fast-paced, high energy, rollicking good time!