Kenosha is known to have one of the best music programs in the nation. Not only that, I met my wife Rebecca at band camp in high school. No lie! She played the french horn and I played the trumpet.

Rebecca is currently a teacher at Grewenow Elementary School having a masters degree in education and a 316 reading certification license. We have been married for 37 years.

Being involved in our music program taught me the discipline needed to work hard, have focus and to execute the many different things I have done in my life with great success.

I was a skilled tradesman at Macwhyte Wire Rope Company after high school and went on to work at Abbott Labs for 20 years finishing up as an engineering technician. Once my children, Rachel and Ronny, started in the KUSD music program, they motivated me to start playing my trumpet again and a few years later I began teaching trumpet lessons at Pacetti’s.

My wife and I were very active with band boosters when the kids came up because we both believed in the music program so much.

In 2009 I left Abbott and purchased Pacetti’s Music. This June will mark our 10th year here! Music is great and all that but the main reason we decided to take on the “Pacetti Project” was to continue to provide the much needed support for students and educators by providing service/repairs to instruments, sales and anything else we can do to help in maintaining the music program the best we can.

Those services needed are not only for KUSD but also for many other wonderful programs we have here in the area too.

Our daughter Rachel is a professional freelance french horn player living in Virginia and our son Ronny works at Pacetti’s with me. Ronny is also a musician who played trumpet and is currently playing drums and guitar with a local group called the Ecolimes.

The KUSD music program is really who we are because we all came up through it. We are so grateful to have been a part of it.

We urge parents to make sure their kids get involved in music whether it is band, orchestra or choir. Our theater arts programs are just as awesome and can provide lifelong benefits to students as well. It’s important to know that these benefits can really be endless as it has been for me.

At 57, this gig ain’t over yet ...

Kevin Velvikis, Kenosha (1971 through 1979, several family members)

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