Blind ECU Piano Tuner Helps Music Department Ring

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

Don Wigent is in charge of more than 150 pianos at ECU, making sure they sound as good as they look.

He says, "You take care of their instruments and when you hear them, you say hey this is great because I made that better."

But there's a little something different about this ECU piano tuner.

"I'm visually impaired, completely blind, 100%, absolutely."

But that hasn't stopped Wigent from being an expert in his craft. This music man's worked on campus for more than 30-years and says he's got the best job in the world.

"It's rewarding, personal reward, and you’re rewarded for respect, not many people can do this well. Lastly, you make a decent living. Great for blind people to be part of the picture."

A picture Wigent can't see but one that wouldn't sound as good without him.


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  • by Barbara Location: Las Vegas, Nv on Jul 17, 2009 at 09:52 PM
    This guy, Don Wigent, is amazing. I know because he is my brother-in-law. Did he ever tell you about when he removed a pipe orgran from a church and reasembled it in his home when he lived in Detroit? He has had other articles written about him also. I don't think he has ever once felt sorry for himself. Just a great guy.
  • by charles Location: greenville on Jul 3, 2009 at 06:35 PM
    Thankyou for some good news. Don is a class act and a credit to all
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