John McCrea

John McCrea was born and raised in Billings, Montana, where he first discovered his passion for music. He played the clarinet and was inspired by his band director to teach music in public schools, which John did for 35 years. By the time he retired from teaching, he and his family were living in La Mesa, California where he and his wife opened McCrea Music. One of John’s sources of pride was the fact that he brought music to the lives of so many students and customers over the years. Another source of pride came from the fact that his son Gentry is following in his footsteps by running the store.


Interview Date:
March 14, 2011
Date of Birth:
October 4, 1927
Deceased Date:
November 25, 2016
Job Title:
McCrea Music

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