At its recent annual conference, the California Band Directors Association honored Scott Grady, manager of J.W.Pepper's branch in Fremont, CA, with the Distinguished Service Award. According to Grady, "It was a great honor to be recognized at the banquet. They also awarded our Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger at the event. He has opened up a lot of funding for music and the arts in California." The California Band Directors Association is a professional organization for school band instructors throughout the state from all levels of public, private, and collegiate educational institutions. J.W. PepperŪ, the leading retailer of sheet music in the world, has been in business for over 130 years, with 14 locations across the country. Grady manages the store in Dublin, in the East Bay area which serves northern California, Nevada and Idaho. He and his staff offer a state of the art music reference center where musicians can browse through thousands of music publications, listen to recordings, and try out music software. Pepper History Find us at or at Follow our music blog at: