Extraordinary People: Front Street sax player getting life back on track

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Submitted: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 12:00am
Updated: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 1:39pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Every Wednesday we will feature someone who has gone above and beyond in our “Extraordinary People Next Door” series. First up, local musician Glen McRae.

Wilmington has quite the sites, from the Historic County Courthouse to horse and carriage rides. But we’re here to “toot” another horn: Front Street’s very own saxophone man.

“Here at 52 years old,” Glen McRae said, “everything is like brand new and this has been the best year of my life.”

McRae isn’t scared to talk about his former life of alcohol and drug abuse.

“I found myself that I can play this thing better without having a drink or getting high,” McRae said. “You don’t need it. You might think you do, but you don’t. My proof is my action.”

McRae says last Thanksgiving made it six years he’s been sober.

Lunchtime is reserved for serenading Wilmington’s Front Street. Everyday, weather permitting.

“I feel good with what I’m doing and the response I’m getting from people,” he said. “That’s what keeps me standing right here.”

Oh yeah, one more note.

He’s now a student at Cape Fear Community College.

“Actually, my major is back in music,” McRae said. “The fundamentals of music I took in summer school, which was a refresher course for me.”

McRae says his schedule also includes church functions, filling in with local jazz bands and telling his story to students; turning heads with sounds from an extraordinary person.

If you know an “Extraordinary Person” you think we should profile, send an e-mail to dseamans@wwaytv3.com and let us tell their story.


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