California

Bruno Pedrini and his brother Tom both started music stores in Southern California after World War II –yet the stores remained separate although they were both called Pedrini Music. Bruno’s store was established in 1946 in Glendale and was later moved to its current location in La Crescenta. His...
Andy Penn opened one of the first music stores dedicated to drums and percussion in Northern California.  As a drummer he wants to create a place for others to gather and be able to purchase quality gear.  He opened Andy Penn’s Drum world in 1965 only to soon discover the name Drum World was...
Jim Peterson started La Jolla Music in 1962, just a few years after his career in music retail began.  Jim worked as a gigging musician in and around San Diego at night and on weekends in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  His day job was as a salesman for a local music store and when an opportunity...
Richie Pidanick was the Vice President of Culture and Values at Guitar Center.  It was Richie’s job to train the company’s employees on the philosophy of what is most important to the corporate culture, namely customer service.  Richie knew the culture and Guitar Center’s values as he lived them...
Jack Pinney grew up in San Diego, California, where he developed a love of music and began playing drums in the early 1960s.  When some friends wanted to form a band, Jack was eager to join them, after all he had noticed the screaming girls following The Beatles and thought it looked fun.  The...
Andy Powers began working with wood as a kid and soon realized he had a strong interest in building.  With the guidance of his father and the use of his tools, Andy built a guitar and loved it!  He studied the art of guitar building and soon designed his own style of guitar.  With each completed...
Kevin Prosser took over the piano and organ store his parents established in the mid-1980s. His brother later came into the business, which had several locations throughout Washington State. In the late 1990s, Kevin opened a store in Palm Springs and ran it for several years.  During that same time...
Nick Rail is the president and founder of the retail string of stores in Southern California with his namesake that began in 1986. Nick began his career as a band instrument repairman for La Grandeur Music in 1974. After becoming active in the repair side of the business, Nick decided to open his...
Cecil Ramirez started in the music industry in retail, at the Music Box in Lodi, California.  He created a keyboard studio feel within the store in1983, which was an exciting time of technological advances in electronic instrumentation.  Cecil remembers the early days of MIDI and the synthesizer...
Layton V. Rawlins was the founder of Rawlins Piano Company in Southern California and a veteran of the piano industry. Layton witnessed many of the biggest changes within the piano business over his 50 plus year career. He was always proud of the strong friendships within the industry that he...

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