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Wilton's Student Musicians Play for a Good Cause

WILTON, Conn. – It started as a final promise to his mother, but it grew into a way for Wilton resident Scott Weber to give back to his community and help young musicians.

Weber grew up with his mother’s music, taught himself to play the guitar and worked his way through college with his music until putting it on hold to start his company and family.

Then in 2008, Weber played at Relay for Life, a cancer fundraiser, with Joan Wallace, a fellow Wilton resident. “I was inspired by relay,” he said. Weber began to work with other adults in a group called Acoustic Wilton to raise money for organizations with worthwhile causes.

Two years ago, the worthwhile cause of choice became the Wilton Education Foundation. Weber is a co-vice president of the group.

Weber, whose family plays lacrosse, says athletes and scholars are often praised and promoted in school. But he wondered how musicians and singer-songwriters got their due. He decided to bring students on board and began to raise money for the schools through CDs and concerts.

High school sophomore Cole Smith, a violinist with Acoustic Wilton, said working with the group is a great way to give back to the school program that fostered his own interest in music.

“The thought in mind is that I’m working for something much greater than my own playing or the crowd enjoyment,” Smith said. “That’s hugely important to me.”

But it was also a way to bring attention to the amazing musicians in the school system, including Smith; fellow sophomore Morgan Denslow, a singer; and others. Joining the group “was great because you were seeing your friends and peers playing these instruments and performing in ways you didn’t know they would,” Smith said.

In the two years since Weber started working with students in Acoustic Wilton, the group has raised more than $12,000 for the Wilton Education Foundation. All of it goes toward funding arts and music programs.

Its next concert is May 7 in the High School Little Theatre.

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