Dear Area 8 Members,

The Executive Committee, Board, and Festival Planning Committee are excited to see that you share our optimism about the Area 8 Festival “More Than Meets the Eye” on June 18, 19, 20. Super Early Bird registration numbers are looking very good.

While we are, at this time, planning to hold the event as scheduled, we are aware that unforeseeable circumstances based on the effects of COVID 19 might cause us to alter our plans. The national HMA board encourages us to continue to follow the policies and mandates of our own state and local governments. I have been in contact with the Sheraton Overland Park. The staff assures me that they will stay in close contact with us if our plans need to change, based on their ability to host the event or due to directives from local and/or state governments.

Please check the Area 8 website for further updates, and please contact me if you have questions or concerns. Wash your hands (and gloves), and keep studying your music. I look forward to seeing you in June!

Beth Ann Edwards, Chair
Area 8 Handbell Musicians of America


It’s time to get registered for this summer’s Area 8 Festival Conference “More Than Meets the Eye!” in Overland Park, KS this coming June 18-20.

Register early to get the best rates!
Super Early Bird – Jan. 1 – March 15  $225
Early Bird – March 16 – April 15   $235
Regular – April 16 – June 10   $260
YouthFest – $125.00 per person