He said the series is a “major undertaking” to tackle at this time, but hopes to have the popular park concerts back in summer 2013.
“It’s not completely going away,” Russ said. “We just have to re-organize it again.”
Russ, who took over as Spread the Music director when founder Dave Palmer left the organization in August 2011, explained that the organization will concentrate on its main goal of providing children with new and refurbished instruments.
“We want every kid to have an opportunity to play music,” said Russ, a full-time guitarist.
The Spread the Music Foundation has gone through several changes in the past year. Bruce Cook and Nancy Jordan recently joined Russ and board member Debbie Reynolds to lead the organization.
“Right now, we’re in a re-building process,” Russ said. “Our goal is to reorganize and come back strong.”
Spread the Music’s eight-week Sounds of Summer concert series began in 2010 and featured a variety of music genres — including rock, acoustic, orchestras, and a youth singer and songwriter night. The weekly concerts drew hundreds of people to the Pottawattomie Bayou park as they danced or relaxed on their blankets or camping chairs.
“It was good use of our park,” said Township Supervisor Karl French. “The people who came enjoyed it. It was good, clean family fun.”
Township officials were notified of the canceled concerts last month, they said.
“The amount of work was a little beyond what their board wanted to do this summer,” Township Manager Bill Cargo wrote in a March 30 memo.
French said it is unlikely Grand Haven Township officials would follow neighboring Robinson Township’s lead in carrying on the concert series without Spread the Music.
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