Marvin Snyder became president of Rico Reeds in 1976, after managing the cane plantations, which were used to make the reeds. His father worked with the Lockie family, who owned a chain of music stores in Southern California and brought the Rico Reed products to the United States. As a teenager, Marvin worked odd jobs for Rico during which he first learned of the planting process of cane. He left the company to work for the Los Angeles School District for approximately 20 years. He returned to Rico to work alongside his father, who was beginning to retire. Marvin continued to oversee the plantations and transitioned from vice president to president before his own retirement from Rico just before the company was bought by Boosey & Hawks.
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