Sal LaRusso, long-time band and jazz director and instrumental lesson teacher at Weston High School and Weston Middle School, is the recipient of WestonArts first Award For Commitment To The Arts In Weston.
This award is made to an individual nominated by the Weston community at large and elected by the Board of WestonArts for dedication and devotion to promoting the arts in Weston.
Mr. LaRusso has been recognized by WestonArts for his commitment and passion in promoting musical life in Weston through the many music programs, both curricular and extra-curricular, that he directs. Mr. LaRusso is the leader of the Westport Community Band and generously serves as announcer for Weston athletic events, in addition to spearheading the pep band. His bands are a fixture in Weston’s annual Memorial Day parade and he also announces the annual 5K race.
In addition, Mr. LaRusso raises money every year to provide a Weston High School student with the Doug McCabe Award, a scholarship toward music studies in college, which is presented at his yearly Spectrum concert.
Mr. LaRusso’s efforts have made a difference in the lives of Weston students, many of whom are deeply devoted to him. Through his concern for those children and their families, he has positively affected the lives beyond the boundaries of the town.
The award was presented at the Acoustic Weston concert on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Cobbs Mill Inn.
WestonArts is a non-profit organization supporting and developing the Arts here in Weston. WestonArts raises money to promote community-wide development of Weston’s rich arts heritage, and helps support future WestonArts grants for school and community arts programs.
Since 2005, WestonArts has provided annual funding for arts and music lessons though Weston Social Services, as well as donating instruments to children in need. It supports performances in the middle and high schools, and awards annual scholarships to WHS graduating seniors pursuing studies in the arts.