1970s Regeneration Singers leader slates Nov. 15 handbell concert

A rnold Sherman, present director of the East Texas Handbell Ensemble, was a household name in Rockdale for seven years.

Sherman came in 1969 as music and youth director for St. John's United Methodist Church. Before leaving to devote full attention to his Baylor University studies, he became the director of a 65-voice choral group known as the Regeneration Singers, and its offsprings, The Small Group and the Cabaret Singers, as well as conducting an instrumental group and an Adult Community Choir.

Between 1974 and 1976 Arnold directed Spring and Winter concerts, musical revues, and theatre in the round productions which included "Sounds of '73", Showtime (an evening of Broadway music), Charlie Brown and Friends, Cabaret, "Where Were You When..." (an evening of great radio music), and America, America (a Bicentennial musical revue).

These evenings of music were presented at various venues around town, St. John's Methodist Church, First Christian Church, the old (now demolished) RHS band hall), and the RHS auditorium.

One of the most ambitious undertakings was to raise money for a bus trip to Washington, D.C., singing and staying in churches along the way in Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, and our nation's capital.

This same director — who writes and arranges music for choirs and handbells — will bring his 15-member group of 51 .2 octave bell ringers from the Tyler area to perform in the Junior High Commons, on Sunday Nov. 15 beginning at 4 p.m.

The concert is being sponsored by the Matinee Musical Club. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased from a Music Club member or at the door will include refreshments during the intermission.

Proceeds will go to the Louise Hale Sessions Memorial Scholarship that is given each year to a graduating senior who intends to pursue music beyond graduation.

As this group is equally at home ringing sacred and secular music, it will be a great listening opportunity for all that come. —Annette Griesbach.

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