David Millard


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Instrument Repairman
Company Name
Folk Music Center

David Millard was a teenager when he first walked into Folk Music Center, his local musical instrument store in Claremont, California. The now iconic retailer was a true mom-and-pop operation established by Charles and Dorothy Chase. David got to know the couple when he was hired in 1966, and he worked for 11 years as a repairman. David took a short 40-year break from the store to become a biology teacher at a local middle school, however he returned to the very same work bench after he retired as an educator. Like many of the employees at Folk Music Center, David is professional musician who gigs with the store band as well as group he formed with his sister called Squeakin' Wheels.