The very impressive Wilton High School Pops Concert, held this past week in the absolutely packed Clune Center Auditorium, honored retiring educators Marty Meade and Betsey de Groff. They each received sustained standing ovations for their work. This column focuses on Marty Meade’s three-decade tenure here and his huge impact in building our schools’ orchestral program across multiple grade levels.
I can remember very well two decades ago seeing WHS senior Dan Kellogg conducting the school’s orchestra in one of his own compositions in a similar spring concert. Dan went on from WHS to an illustrious career as a nationally recognized composer and music professor, but his start was right here in Wilton under the magnificent guidance of Marty Meade.