In 1987, Tom Rice (RIP) opened a shop in Milford "Down By The Waterfall" in the old Mill Valley building. It has since been torn down. He called it "The Gitfiddler" after his Northville store. After managing it for Tom for a year, Tim Twiss took it over and renamed it Milford Music. After 3 years in that building, Tim moved to a location on Main Street, beginning in the upper floor, and eventually occupying all 3 levels. At this point around 2001, growth inspired a move to a new location in Highland with 13 studios and peaking out at 600 students a week. After the recession of 2008, we downsized to our current location, and have been here since.
Milford Music has changed in many ways, but the core values which started it remain, and we now teach second and third generation families.
Tim is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Classical Guitar. In 1979 he graduated from G.I.T. (Guitar Institute of Technology) in Los Angeles, Ca. (Now called M.I. - Musician's Institute). Tim began teaching in 1977. He has been playing professionally since high school and continues to this day, with diverse experience in studio sessions, pit orchestras, solo guitar performance, night club and wedding bands, and most recently church praise teams and the local group "Itchycoo Park".
At age 29, he took the reigns of ownership, and began to combine his musical career with business. His father provided mentorship with "the numbers", and he forged ahead, creating a business model to suite the needs of the community.
He has successfully guided Milford Music since its creation in 1988.
Sue Gibson - Manager
Sue has been with Milford Music for over 20 years. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who recently went back to school. Her passion for antique and vintage books has developed into a fun side business that can be found on Instagram @heirloompages. Additionally Sue is on staff at West Highland Baptist Church where she oversees the teaching and educational ministries. She and her husband Mark love hunting antique and vintage treasures together.
Beverly Larsen - Sales and Marketing
Bev has been with Milford Music since March of 2016. She is a musician and artist along with having a degree in Graphic Art & Design. Bev has her own Leather business, creating leather handbags, wallets and other small accessories. She and her husband perform together as a duo. She also performs with 3 friends in a band called Geritol Gypsies. Her husband Doug and herself have an enterprise, www.pointlesspicks.com. The first and original round guitar pick. You can purchase Pointless Picks ® at Milford Music!