Heritage Landing Concert Series in July

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 7PM

Summer Vibes

West Michigan Concert Summer Winds


Wednesday, July 17, 2024 7pm

Music from Stage & Screen

Shoreline Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 7PM

A Celebration Collaboration - Country, Folk and Irish Music

West Michigan Concert Summer Winds
Guests are the Langford Lads

Meet the Conductors

Gail A. Brechting, Conductor & Musical Director
West Michigan Concert Winds

Gail Brechting is in her twenty-seventh year as the conductor of the award-winning West Michigan Concert WINDS.   Under her direction, the WINDS received the John Phillip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Silver Scroll Award, America’s most prestigious community concert band award. She has organized five international tours with the WINDS, with a 2024 Scotland/Ireland tour being planned. She has had the privilege of conducting the WINDS in Chicago’s Symphony Hall, as well as the historic Carnegie Hall in New York City. Before becoming conductor, Mrs. Brechting was principal trombone with the WINDS and performed with many area music ensembles including the Traverse City Symphony, the Lansing Concert Band, The Lake Effect Brass, and the West Shore Symphony. In addition, is a soprano vocal soloist in West Michigan.

From 1996-1999 Mrs. Brechting represented MSBOA as the State Representative for the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. For forty years, she has been an active district and state level adjudicator for low brass, band and orchestras as well as teaching private trombone, euphonium and tuba lessons to students of all ages.

She has been the guest conductor with the Acadia Winds in Louisiana, Hot Springs Community Band in Arkansas, was the featured conductor with the Louisiana Middle School Honors Band, and she served as guest clinician and conductor with the Winter Park High School in Florida. She is the 2019 & 2022 recipient of the Harry Begian Conductor Scholar award, through Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

Mrs. Brechting is presently the  Past President of the Association of Concert Bands, also serving two previous terms on the board of directors. She has recently been named the Lifelong Arts Program Director with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. She is a member of the National Band Association, an Associate Member of the American Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors Association, an Emeritus member of Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, P.E.O. and the Women Band Directors Association. She is the first woman selected by the John Philip Sousa Foundation to serve on the Sudler Silver Scroll Award selection committee and was recently appointed the chairwomen of this committee.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts degree from West Michigan University. Mrs. Brechting is a former music faculty of Muskegon Community College and retired in 2019, after a 40-year public school music education career, 34 of those with the Reeths-Puffer Schools in Muskegon, MI. In her spare time, she trains and competes as a US Masters swimmer, recently attaining two gold and silver medals.

Mrs. Brechting lives in Spring Lake with her engineer/pianist husband Frank. Their daughter Annelise is a Physician Assistant in Greenville, SC. 

Nick Mosley, Conductor & Musical Director
Shoreline Community Orchestra

Nick Mosley is proud to be a part of the thriving West Michigan music community.  In fall of 2021, Nick became the music director of the Shoreline Community Orchestra, based in Muskegon, Michigan.  He is also in his 20th year as a school music educator, with the last ten years as the orchestra director at Mona Shores Middle School.  In addition to his school ensembles, he also directs a thriving fiddle program and summer strings camp.  Nick has served on the board of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District VII, and was named the MSBOA District VII 2022-23 Orchestra Teacher of the Year.  He currently serves on the board of the Michigan Chapter of the American String Teacher Association, and has presented at the Michigan Music Conference.

Nick graduated from Western Michigan University, double majoring in both music education and organ performance, and earned his master’s degree in conducting from the American Band College of Southern Oregon University.  He also serves on the worship team at Forest Park Covenant Church as the organist and pianist, regularly accompanies students at Solo & Ensemble Festivals, and is a frequent performer in the West Michigan community.  Nick and his wife, Maggie, have two string-playing children, Alexander and Eliana, and reside in Grand Haven.

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