Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A dream comes true

It's been a long year. Back in October the invitation to perform during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London was just a dream. Since then, a lot of work, countless hours of rehearsals, practice, school homework to keep the grades high, and the hope that kept the dream alive despite all the difficulties. The students have been amazing, but they couldn't have made it without the constant support of their families. Thank you, parents!
Ron Theile, the Music Director, started to dream, and he was able to make the rest of the crew share his dream. He has worked tirelessly during the year, putting everything together, and leading the rest of us to dream his dream.

However, dreams are not a currency accepted when trying to buy flight tickets: they request US dollars. Here is where Dr. Rex O. Patton, our Principal at Mark Twain Middle School, brought his magic, started to make phone calls, and contacted individuals and organizations that made the trip to London a real possibility. He was the one that made things happen, and he has been the best advocate for the Bellringers, bringing onboard other people, like Bill Rosendahl and Mr. Steve Zimmer, who have also been advocates for the bellringers in front of the City Council and the LAUSD Board of Education.
But the matter of the dreams was provided by the generous donors that gave their money to send a group of middle school students and their chaperones to London, in what will surely be one of the most unforgettable experiences of their lives. THANK YOU!

Back in October we were dreaming that the Bellringes might go to London. Today is August 1st and the dream has come true: the Mark Twain Ringers are departing Los Angeles at 1:35 pm. When they get on that plane, they will look back to the long year, and all the work and effort, all the sacrifice and the hours of practice will look just like a dream...


  1. Thanks for writing this blog. I have been thinking of all of you and hoping all is going well.
    Connie Vandergriff

  2. Thank you, Connie. Everything is going very well. This is and extraordinary experience for our students and they are really taking advantage of it.