Lodging and Transportation

All event activities will take place at DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The two venues are connected via a skywalk.

The Amway Grand Plaza, considered the finest hotel in West Michigan, sits snuggled in downtown Grand Rapids — surrounded by art museums, stunning architecture, a lively music, sports, and theater scene and arguably some of the best restaurants and the very best breweries in the entire country. Not to mention the incredible scene surrounding you before you even walk out of our doors.

Room Block Update – May 14, 2018

Please note that the room block at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel is almost full. There are still a handful of rooms on some nights, but other nights are completely sold out.  You can continue to check the link below to see if any cancellations occur.  We will not be able to add any more rooms to our block at the Amway Grand Plaza.

Overflow Block Now Available

We have set up an overflow block at the Courtyard Marriott located at 11 Monroe Avenue NW and accessible to the Amway Grand via a sky-walk.  We have secured the discount rate of $169 per night plus applicable taxes. To make your reservations at the Courtyard, follow this link. More rooms have been added to this block and rooms are now included for July 15, 16, and 22. If you prefer to make your reservation by phone, call 1-877-901-6632 and request the Handbell Musicians of America group.

Special Rates for Seminar

We have secured special rates for attendees of National Seminar 2018.

Single/Double Standard Rooms (up to 4 guests) $144/night plus tax (currently 15%).

All rates include in-room internet access. Rates will be offered 3 days before and 3 days after the event dates, based on availability.


Hotel Reservations

To receive the group rate, make your reservations by following this link https://aws.passkey.com/e/49378834

You may also call (800) 253-3590 and ask for rooms in the Handbell Musicians of America block. To ensure the event rate, please make your reservations before June 17, 2018.


Airport Transportation

There are no shared ride or shuttle services available from the Gerald R Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.  The hotel is just under 13 miles from the airport.  Standard taxis are available and both Lyft and Uber service the airport.  For a list of other transportation options, visit the airport’s ground transportation page.

Hotel Surcharge

To ensure that we are able to meet the room block required by the Amway Grand Plaza, registrants who opt for alternate lodging are required to pay an additional surcharge of $150.00. This surcharge does not apply to registrants with a home address within a 60-mile driving radius of the event site. Lodging requirements will be confirmed using a rooming list of reservations provided by the Amway Grand Plaza.

Guest Room Details


These guest rooms are located in the Glass Tower, and feature urban designs with surprising and sophisticated decor, along with nods to our rich history. All 285 tower rooms are furnished with plush bedding, high-tech lighting, universal smartphone charging stations, 42-inch flat screens, complimentary high-speed Internet access and top-tier bath products.


  • Armchair with large writing desk
  • Luxurious bedding with plush linens and blissful pillow-top mattress
  • Choice of room with king-size bed or two queen-size beds
  • Coffee makers

These guest rooms are located in the historic Pantlind Wing, with vintage accents like restored moldings and fixtures, beautiful wood furniture, and period artwork. Variation in layout, size, and design gives each room unique historic charm, but all feature plush bedding, 42-inch flat screens, complimentary high-speed Internet access and top-tier bath products.


  • Armchair with large writing desk
  • Luxurious bedding with plush linens and blissful pillow-top mattress
  • Choice of room with a queen-size bed, king-size bed, or two queen-size beds
  • Coffee makers

Guests of the Amway Grand Plaza can enjoy the following services:

  • 24-hour in-room dining
  • Nightly turndown service
  • 24-hour business center (Additional fees may apply)
  • Full-service concierge
  • Daily newspaper available at the Bell Stand
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Notary service
  • Historic walking tour
  • Complimentary wireless Internet in common areas and guest rooms
  • 24-hour on-site security
  • Luggage storage

News & Announcements

Master Class in Conducting applications are due by APRIL 3

Scholarship applications are due by APRIL 15

National Seminar Early-bird registration deadline is MAY 15.
Register now to save $55 on full registration.

Daily Registration options are now available.

Event Schedules

General Event Schedule

Pre-registration is required for all Seminar classes. To help you plan which classes you wish to take before completing the online registration process, you may download and fill out the following Personal Event Schedule Planner.



Use of Tablets to Hold Music 

Handbell Musicians of America is committed to upholding the copyright laws of the United States and protecting the rights of our publishers, arrangers and composers.  If you wish to use a tablet computer to hold your music in place of standard paper copies on a music stand, you must contact the publisher of each piece of music to first obtain permission to convert a purchased piece of music to the format required for the tablet you are using.  Copies of the written permission received from publishers must be presented on request from the event organizer, event chair, or Handbell Musicians of America staff. Permission from a publisher for one piece does not imply permission for other songs from the same publisher.  The title of each song used in this format must be included in the written permission received. Attendee should also have legally purchased copies of all music with them for verification.