Mississippi

John Allegrezza began working in the piano business in 1957 and soon discovered he had a real passion for the business and the people.  In 1981 he opened his store, Allegrezza Pianos, in Ridgeland, Mississippi, just north of Jackson.  Over the years he has worked with some of the biggest names in...
DW Caffey was very young when he found himself enamored with the piano.  In 1940, when he was just fifteen years old, DW taught himself how to tune pianos.  He read a book and asked an old time tuner a few questions and was soon hired by a music store.  He worked for several piano stores in...
William Dollarhide is the president and co-owner, with his wife Margaret, of Dollarhide’s Music Center in Pensacola, Florida. He grew up in a very musical family, with his mother a pianist and teacher and his father a band director. His grandfather was also a band director, so Bill was very proud...
Michael Guillot  has applied his passion for music and education to the music retail segment of the industry, which has led to assisting and influencing retailers throughout the world.  One program that has been an influence on retailers stems from his decade-long association with The Best In Show...
James Johnson was first and foremost a band director -- a well respected one at that! He opened Mississippi Music while still teaching and soon became involved with a long list of industry organizations. He added his insight and knowledge as President of NAMM, President of AMC, and as an honored...
Mac Johnson, as she is known throughout the music industry, was the devoted wife of Mississippi Music founder Jimmy Johnson. She was also the mother of their sons, Bix and Dex, both of whom are involved in the music products industry. Mac worked in the store as a salesperson and played a vital role...
Rosi Johnson was hired by the founder of Mississippi Music and her future father in law, Jimmy Johnson, as the in-house accountant.  She took over the financial end of the entire business from the secretary/treasurer/office manger who was retiring.  At the time the company had seven store locations...
Dex Johnson grew up in the music retail business. His mother and father formed their store, Mississippi Music, after World War II and his father became an industry leader, even serving as President of NAMM in the 1970s. Dex worked in every department of the company and managed several of the...
Allen Riley served as the district sales manager for the Baldwin Piano Company.  Allen learned guitar as a child and continues to play music.  He became a Minister for several years before he found an opportunity to work for Mississippi Music as a piano and organ salesman in 1981.  He worked in one...