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Gil Orr played a part in the era of popular music known as the Surf Sound. With the steady growth of instrumental hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Orr performed and recorded his guitar-playing style with boardwalk bands on the California coast. The Surf Sound hit its zenith when a group...
James Owen has been teaching at La Jolla Music nearly since the beginning.  The store was established in 1962 and James started working there just a few years later.  As a teenager, he was the first guitarist to win the Redlands Bowl Youth Artists Auditions, which fueled his passion for music.  He...
Bob Page opened a small store in Pasadena, California, in 1971 called The Guitar Shop.  Nearly from the beginning, his brother Tim was involved.  By the time Bob moved the store to Leucadia, it focused on Acoustic Instruments under the name "Traditional Music."  Quickly the reputation grew, and Tim...
Tim Page was 16 years old when his brother, Bob, opened a small store in Pasadena, California called The Guitar Shop.  Bob asked Tim to cover the store one day as he needed to run to the bank.  When he returned Tim had sold a guitar and from that moment on, Tim was hooked on selling and Bob was...
Roger Palmateer met his soon-to-be wife just years after she purchased the Fullerton Music Center in Southern California. Mo and Roger have become a vital part of the Fullerton music culture with a well-respected store, a performance area, music lessons and great customer care. Roger focuses on...
John Pedersen, the founder of Pedersen's Band & Orchestra in Burbank, California, began his career with a small instrument repair shop.  The store, which began in the early 1970s, continued to grow even during the 17 years he spent working for the Los Angeles Unified School District repairing...
Nedra Pedersen grew up playing French horn and studying all areas of music.  She landed a job in the publishing side of Disney and worked with Hal Leonard on several projects including The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.  In the year 2000, she began working full time with her husband in...
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...
Tom Pedrini and his sister Vicki were third generation music retail owners. Their store, Pedrini’s Music, was located in Southern California and had a long and successful influence on the music community it served for so long. Due to changing times and strong competition, Tom and Vicki made the...
Vicki Pedrini grew up in the family’s music retail store in Southern California. She worked in the store on weekends and summer vacations as well as the holiday season, which brought fun times when the family all worked together. The store had a strong band and orchestra department, as it was...

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