A History of Walk the Beat

 
Sounds of Summer Festival 2016, Photo by Dirk Wirenga

Sounds of Summer Festival 2016, Photo by Dirk Wirenga

Spread the Music

  Starting in 2003, Dave Palmer created the Spread the Music Foundation with the vision of giving everybody - no matter their age, nationality, race or background - the gift of music. Through this program, Dave and volunteers were able to organize countless concerts and events, give away hundreds of instruments, and give aspiring musicians a platform in which to hone their skills and grow. Dave, (also known around Grand Haven as "The Music Man") and this program have been invaluable catalysts for the thriving local music scene we enjoy and continue to grow today. 

Beginnings of Walk the Beat

   In 2013, Dave decided it was time to go bigger - more musicians, more community involvement. more opportunities to offer. Hence, Spread the Music was re-branded as Walk the Beat, kicking off with a huge summer music festival with over 70 acts from the area hosted by local "venues" (local businesses and shops) where participants could literally "Walk the Beat" from place to place. The first event was a huge success, and facilitated an amazing community connection between businesses, artists, and the public. Walk the Beat get better every year, and the funds that are raised through the event go straight back into the organization to provide instruments, lessons, and opportunities to perform for any and all looking to get involved with music.

 
Walk the Beat Albion 2016 - Photo by Dirk Wirenga

Walk the Beat Albion 2016 - Photo by Dirk Wirenga

Looking Forward

 The success of the Walk the Beat Event thus far has prompted a vision of going bigger, and spreading the reach further. Albion, MI. has started to host a Walk the Bear Event of their own, and the aim is to provide a framework so that any city can host their own event to connect their communities. The goal is to heal, help and connect communities through the gift of music.