Winds play the Sounds of Summer

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:01 AM

The West Michigan Concert Winds performed at the fifth concert in the summer-long series at Grand Haven Township’s Pottawattomie Park organized by Spread the Music Foundation. The band is directed by Gail Brechting, a Spring Lake-area resident who has taught and directed music for 32 years.

Brechting took a short break to move the trombone section forward so they could better be heard for the John Philip Sousa-arranged “Turkey in the Straw.”

“When you play on grass, you don’t get heard because it all gets soaked right up — the sounds,” she explained.

To see the photo gallery from the concert, click here.

To see the videos of the concert and the dancing baby, click here.

During the concert, Spread the Music Foundation Executive Director Dave Palmer drew raffle tickets for prizes donated by local businesses, and presented an alto sax and electric guitar to a couple of boys who had written to the foundation for the instruments.

Brechting said some of her music students in Reeths-Puffer schools have benefited from the foundation’s programs.

“I have students who have written that letter, and they’ve gotten that instrument and they’ve been able to play in the band,” she said. “This is an awesome organization.”

“We are dedicated to help anybody age 18 years or younger get involved with music — just like all 65 of these players here,” Palmer said as he turned to the band. “And hopefully, they can be sitting in one of these chairs one of these days.”

Alex Hoel, who will be a senior at Grand Haven High School in the fall, said he was enjoying the concert with his father, Ken Hoel.

“We love this music,” said Alex, who has played in the GHHS band the past three years.

“I was a music major in college,” Ken said, “so (Alex has) kind of taken in after it. He plays piano and guitar and trumpet.”

Spread the Music Foundation also hosts a Sounds of Summer concert series at Hudsonville’s Veterans Park on Thursday evenings. The Celtic sounds of KinFrye will play there from 7-8:30 tonight, and Palmer said he will present a drum set to a Hudsonville boy there.


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