Pete Rugolo was a jazz composer and arranger. He was born in San Piero Patti, Sicily. His family
emigrated to the United States in 1920 and settled in Santa Rosa, California. He started his musical
career playing the baritone, like his father, but he quickly branched out into other instruments, notably
the French horn and the piano. He received a bachelor's degree from San Francisco State College, and
then studied composition with Darius Milhaud at Mills College in Oakland, California.
After he graduated, he was hired as an arranger and composer by guitarist and bandleader Johnny