Robert Gauthier / LAT
Rudy Saldivar dips a trumpet in a rinsing bath in the "wash room" at the downtown Los Angeles shop where Los Angeles Unified School District musical instruments are stored and repaired. A dedicated group of former musicians and artisans work at the shop, helping to keep a still thriving Los Angeles school district music program on its feet. Saldivar is a part time employee who will soon be graduating from Long Beach State where he studies philosophy and business.
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