The Music Connection

Making the musician's
dream a reality!



      Left to Right: Nathan Collins, Ashley Redding , Sally MacMillan, Bruce MacMillan, Holly Taylor, Dan Elsen, Zeke Cottrell, Sesar Sanchez
Music Connection employees are friendly and knowledgeable. If you've hung around local music venues, you've probably seen them. So come in and get to know them. They're always happy to help you with instrument choices, accessories and general music chat. 

Sally MacMillan

Owner of the Music Connection since 2003. A mother of 2 wonderful daughters and wife to her partner Bruce MacMillan. 

Bruce MacMillan

Part owner and backbone of the Music Connection. If you hear the Zombie's or Jonathan Wilson on vinyl, it's usually Bruce in control of the stereo. 

Dan Elsen

I started playing music in my 5th grade school band, started drumming at age 15 and formed my first rock band that year. At 16, I joined local band Fenix Down and wrote, rehearsed and performed with the band for six years and released a full-length album. I have a B.A. in Music Industry and Technology from Chico State.

In addition to working at the Music Connection, I also teach drums here and play in the local experimental group Shadow Limb, a four-piece instrumental collective. We like to describe our music as "epic, memorable, instrumental progressive rock." Check out the band at our facebook page and come check us out live.

Sesar Sanchez

Sesar has worked at the Music Connection since the Fall of 2002 and has since: Graduated from Chico State with Bachelor's Degree in General Music, has played in a plethora of local bands, volunteers with a local group called the Chico Area Punks, and does booking for all sorts of local venues among many other endeavors.  

Ashley Redding

Hi, I'm Ashley. I play and teach piano and violin. I also really enjoy teaching voice lessons and having my students be able to learn what made them love music in the first place. If someone is laughing real loud or being a goof it's probably me. I love my job at The Music Connection, even when the guys give me "guff!" It's a great place to work - so let me help you with anything you need! 

Holly Taylor

My name is Holly. I sing and give voice lessons. I'm a part-time connector and full-time singer. Pops is my boyfriend

Nathan Collins

Nathan is a Chico State graduate and joined the Music Connection team in 2014 with a background in guitar maintenance and repair. Apprenticing under Bruce, he has grown into a competent stringed instrument technician. When he isn't behind the bench, he's either teaching immersion-style guitar lessons to a growing student base or playing music in the local scene. Ask him anything!

Zeke Cottrell

Zeke is a UCSC graduate from the school of music composition.  He's been with the Music Connection since the Fall of 2015.  Zeke is an avid bassoon player and composer.

Pops name is Pops. I live at The Music Connection. Whenever you need someone to hug, kiss, scratch or simply a good listener, I'm your guy!! I love every kind of music, but especially songs about bacon. For all things dog, check in with me...woof!
Pops - sing to me about roast beef!!