The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.

- Arthur C. Clarke


In 1996 Jason Wells started a handbell choir at Tualatin Valley Academy in Hillsboro, Oregon. Through his talented leadership, that choir grew into Ring of Fire, an acclaimed handbell choir that was made up of 7th-10th graders. 

Ring of Fire traveled extensively, performing at 2 presidential inaugurations, performing with the Boston Pops, and doing numerous other concerts and TV appearances both locally and abroad. 

Ring of Fire's final year was in 2005, at which time Jason moved across the country and was unable to continue the choir. Tualatin Valley Academy continued on, but the bells were silent.

In 2015 Michael Blackburn, a member of the original Ring of Fire bell choir, felt nudged by God to restart the handbell choir at TVA. He gained the support of the school administration and staff, and TVA Bells was born.

But why is the choir not Ring of Fire again? 

When the students in TVA Bells are able to play with Ring of Fire's level of precision, musicality and performance, all by memory, they will take on the Ring of Fire name. 

Stay tuned to see where the kids go on this crazy journey!


Tualatin Valley Academy is a Seventh-Day Adventist school located in Hillsboro, Oregon, just outside of Portland, Oregon. Students enjoy small class sizes, interesting elective classes, and plenty of fresh air fun in the outdoor playground that is the Pacific Northwest.  

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