JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Local guitarist Paul Wane made his debut on national television earlier this month when he was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars to play The Star-Spangled Banner before the Titan’s game.
Since then he and his band have appeared on River City Live with the D-Line to pump up viewers ahead of the hometown team’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
While his rendition of the National Anthem played on his electric guitar had everyone in the stadium on their feet, his work in the community is receiving just as much attention.
In addition to a donation from the Jaguars, Wane received a $10,000 donation from local law firm Morgan & Morgan last weekend right before the Chargers game.
Wane performed during the firm’s tailgate party before last Saturday’s game -- where he was presented with the check.
“He can sing,” said Jason Miller, Regional Managing Partner with Morgan & Morgan. “We were initially moved by his performance as were others. When we learned more about him and his cause, that motivated us to reach out and help.”
Morgan & Morgan also gave Wane and his wife two club seats to the game against the Chargers -- where they watched the Big Cats thrilling comeback victory!
Wane created the Guitars for Kids Foundation five years ago. He, Duval County Line and others donate new and refurbished instrument kits to youth and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities or other unique challenges.
Wane said Guitars for Kids has gifted more than 200 instruments.
Wane and his band will appear on River City Live at 11 a.m. Friday ahead of the Jags’ trip to Kansas City.