He had a great backhand, and as an outfielder, John Scalici excelled. But sports isn’t his only gift. Scalici is a second violinist in the Nutmeg Symphonic Pops Orchestra, a member of the Milford Senior Center’s Band The Note Ables and a member of the Neighborhood School of Music in New Haven.
Scalici became interested in music following a debilitating illness when he was younger. He purchased a violin for $29, gave it a try and the instrument soon found itself resting on the shelf. Forty years later, he picked the violin up and plucked a few strings. The rest is history.