Bruno Mautino Oral History

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Bruno Mautino Oral History


Born in 1923 at St. Francis Hospital to Italian parents, Bruno Mautino is a Santa Barbara native and served in the Air Force during World War II. Owner of the S.B. Tire and Retreading Company, Bruno also played in the American Legion Band and played the saxophone and clarinet in several other musical groups. His wife, Phyllis Moore Mautino was the first licensed female pharmacist in Santa Barbara and spent most of her career at Gutierrez Drug Store. Growing up he had a diverse set of friends, including Chinese and Japanese Americans, and attended Santa Barbara High School. To this day, he remains close friends with another participant in the Presidio Research Center Oral History Project, Jackson Cianfrone (see his interview here).

Above Photo: Bruno Mautino and Mary Louise Days at the Presidio Research Center. September 26, 2012.

Clip 1: Truly a musician at heart, Bruno discusses playing with the American Legion Band after World War II

Clip 2: While working in the Air Force band during World War II, Bruno unexpectedly runs into his longtime friend from Santa Barbara, Jackson Cianfrone.

Clip 3: Bruno recounts a time him and Jackson “lost their shirts” in the back room of Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens.

Clip 4: In 1942, 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast were sent to internment camps. One of Bruno’s Japanese American friends, Tadashi Yamamoto, from high school, was one of the first Japanese American families targeted due to his father’s assumed ties to the Japanese army.

Clip 5: With pride, Bruno speaks about his wife, Phyllis Moore Mautino, and her accomplishments as the first licensed female pharmacist in Santa Barbara

*To hear the entire oral history interview or additional clips, please make an appointment with the Presidio Research Center at (805) 966-5073.


September 26, 2012



Oral History Item Type Metadata


Mary Louise Days


Bruno Mautino


SBTHP Research Center


112 min



“Bruno Mautino Oral History,” Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation: Digital Collections, accessed January 31, 2023,

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