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 located within a few hundred feet of the high school. Vicki worked in every department before taking over the operation of store with her brother Tom. A fan of jazz, Vicki was vital in many in-store performances over the years including local and world-renowned stars such as Joe Pass. Due to changing times and strong competition, Tom and Vicki made the painful decision to close Padrini’s Music in May 2001. Vicki continued to support music and jazz education and can still be seen at most jazz concerts in Southern California.
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