The Album


CD Cover

Though we’re eager to record this dynamic album,
we’ll only be able to produce it with support from the entire community.

First Flight will be a 19-track collection of all-original music composed by ensemble members Laura Hood and Jason McKinney. The album will be available with high-quality, full-color artwork and liner notes on CD and will also be available via digital download. The eclectic set list captures the heart of our live performances by featuring a mix of Classical, Celtic, and Folk music performed on a colorful array of instruments.

Manitou Winds’ musicians are all volunteers. We perform free concerts throughout Northern Michigan, raising funds for local charities and causes through freewill offerings from our audiences. Only your pledge of support for our project can make this album possible, enabling us to continue performing free concerts in our community, expanding our musical outreach. To pledge, please visit our Kickstarter page.

Our Debut Album
First Flight will be a collection of original works composed by ensemble members Laura Hood and Jason McKinney. Highlights from the album will include:

    First Flight – (2016) A musical homage to Rebecca Lessard, founder of Wings of Wonder, a raptor sanctuary and rehabilitation center located in Empire, MI. Composed by Laura for flute, clarinet, guitar, and harp, this two-movement piece takes you on a journey of healing as an injured raptor is rescued, rehabilitated, and finally released back into the wild to soar. More information about this piece can be found in the article on our Manitou-Zine blog.

    Midwinter Twilight – (2018) Music and narration composed by Jason, this work has never been performed. Scored for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and piano, evocative prose and music intertwine to paint a wintry landscape bathed in fiery colors just after sunset.

    The Old Ash Tree – (2018) Jason composed this work for flute, clarinet, bassoon, guitar, and harp in honor of his grandfather, Bryant McKinney. Learn more about this piece by reading the article on our Manitou-Zine blog.

    Summer Waltz – (2016) A simple waltz portraying the quiet of a soft summer evening in Northern Michigan. Composed by Laura for flute, clarinet, guitar, and harp. You can learn more about this work by reading the article on our Manitou-Zine blog.

    The Wedding Suite – (2015) A four-movement work for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and piano composed by Jason. From the Mozart-esque processional to the emotional roller-coaster of the recessional, the suite encapsulates the intimacy, romance, and traditional pomp that are part of every wedding ceremony.

How You Can Help
In order to create this album, we must reach our fundraising goal by October 8, 2018. Making a pledge of support is quick and easy! Please visit the Manitou Winds Kickstarter page to get started. While you’re there, check out the rewards we’re offering to our supporters.

We’re proud to offer several reward packages featuring Michigan-made items—including the original artwork created especially for our album cover by local artist Ellie Harold. Visit our Kickstarter page to browse all the rewards and pledge your support for our debut album.

Thank you for your generous support. We look forward to sharing First Flight with each of you!