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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