The “Winds” Debut at Carnegie Hall!

Posted by on 06.29.16 in Community, Students, Thank You

On June 19th, the West Michigan Concert Winds (the “Winds”) were accorded the honor of performing in Carnegie Hall in New York City.  Yes, you read this correctly, Carnegie Hall!  It is a rare occurrence to be invited to perform at Carnegie, and to my knowledge the Winds are one of a very few West Michigan ensembles to have had the experience.  Seven MCC students and numerous MCC alums and dual enrolled students participated along with the many talented community members comprising the Winds

One of my dreams in having IMG_2926instrumental music programs reinstituted at MCC (thanks Professor Dan Meyers) was to provide our students and community the opportunity to study and perform at the highest levels.  Having national champion instrumental ensembles in the area such as those at Reeths – Puffer Pubic Schools as well as multiple state champion performance groups and individuals in the region made it imperative that MCC provide our young people with opportunities to share their talents.

The old saying goes “How does one get to Carnegie Hall?  Practice” is true with the Winds.  With over 30 years of experience and led by nationally respected Conductor Gail Brechting, the Winds serve as a community ensemble and MCC class.  The award winning group has performed throughout Michigan as well as in festivals in England, Wales, Ireland, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.  The Winds have performed for the Association of Concert Bands National Convention and as recently as 2015 shared their talents in Symphony Hall in Chicago.

It is an honor to have such an accomplished Conductor on our faculty as well as an internationally recognized musical ensemble on our campus.  Please visit their website to learn of upcoming performances this summer and fall.  Keep up the good work Gail and the Winds!

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