Several years ago Linda McKechnie had the vision to start a handbell/hand-chime choir at Brookwood. As past-president of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers she was inspired by other choirs that involved adults with functional disabilities, and wanted the Brookwood citizens to have the same opportunity.
Several donors made it possible for Brookwood to purchase four octave hand-chimes and three octave handbells. Linda serves as the mentor, fundraiser, educator, musical performance coordinator of the Brookwood Handbell Choir.
Brookwood staff member, Joyce Henderson, was designated as the director. Her love for this vibrant community and strong desire to launch the handbell program rang clear.
The choir provides the citizens a whole new meaning in life: self worth, social integration, and the ability to create music which was out of reach individually. It stimulates motor skills, concentration, ignites joy, confidence, and pride. It is therapeutic.
Through Linda’s training, and custom music using a color-coded system, Joyce and the Brookwood ringers have learned to create music and are well on their way to accept the invitation to play the National Anthem at a Houston Astro’s game.