Oral History Information
Company NameEllis Music
Richard Ellis was proud of the three main areas of his professional career; playing, teaching and selling musical instruments. As a teenager Richard traveled with a big band, playing dances during the Swing Era. He later taught music at several levels as well as directed the local community band. As a musical retailer, Richard began in 1946 working out of his home before building Ellis Music in Bethel, Vermont, which today is run by three of his four children –another fact for which he was very proud. Mr. Ellis passed away in September 2015 at the age of 91 having lived a full and influential life in music!