Prior to moving to Pensacola, FL in 1988 Bill and Margaret
Dollarhide worked in
music retail, music education and church music leadership in Mississippi and Florida. They both earned
bachelors degrees in music education from the University of Southern Mississippi, Margaret with a piano emphasis and
Bill in instrumental music. After teaching in Key West, FL they returned to USM where Margaret earned a masters in piano performance and Bill a masters
in conducting. From 1975 until late 1987 they worked together at Mississippi Music, a multi-store full line music products company headquartered in
Hattiesburg, MS where they discovered the joy of the music business under the watchful eyes of Jim and Mac Johnson, founders.
Late in 1987 The Dollarhides began
the plans to open a music store in Pensacola, Florida. Dollarhide's Music Center
opened on March 1, 1988
in the downtown business district. The Baldwin Piano and Organ Company was the principal supplier. Other products included
a full selection of both band and orchestra instruments and
guitars and amplifiers. Dale Willig became Dollarhide's
electronic service technician in 1989.
early 1990 the adjacent building was renovated to house the expanding
needs of the business. Michael Dean joined the staff that summer in
counter sales. The
Roland Corporation and Piano Disc, a
new digital player piano manufacturer, named Dollarhide's their dealer.
Barry Frost joined the staff in the summer of 1991 in piano and
organ sales. Ronnie Payne of Payne Movers became Dollarhide's
delivery service partner in the fall of 1992. In the spring of 1993
Michael Clark joined the staff serving in both sales and admin
On May 1, 1998, needing more space, the store was moved to a
10,000 sq. ft. free-standing two-story building on the edge of Cordova Mall in Northeast Pensacola.
In June of 2000 the company was named the representative for the Allen
Organ Company for 17 counties in NW Florida and South
Alabama. That same year the company exited the guitar business.
In the spring of 2002 Donny Monk joined the staff in
piano and organ sales.
The summer of 2002 brought the company to another move, this time back to Downtown Pensacola to a 15,000 sq ft prominent retail building.
It also saw the end of the relationship with Baldwin
Piano & Organ as Baldwin fell into difficulty and
bankruptcy. That same year Dollarhide's was named the regional dealer for
and Sons pianos which also included Boston and
In the fall of 2002 Danny Lyons joined the staff as
a piano technician and Pat Pulaski became the piano finish
Between 2002 and 2008 the Pearl River
Hammond Organ company authorized the company to represent their
Valerie Bernardo joined the staff in the spring of
2004 as sheet music department manager.
Nathan Witter joined the staff in the winter of 2006
as a piano technician in training with Danny Lyons.
In the spring of 2009 Dollarhide's was named the regional dealer for
piano, digital piano and keyboard products. And in early 2012 the Dollarhides ended their ten year Steinway & Sons
In February of 2014
Hedi Salanki-Rubardt, distinguished professor of piano at the University of
West Florida, was named a Yamaha worldwide classical artist.
Bill & Margaret Dollarhide announced their retirement in
March of 2016. A successful 60 day liquidation sale began on March
10, 2016 and concluded on May 9, 2016, the last day of operation of
To provide for the future of Dollarhide's
employees, vendors and the community's need for a full service piano & organ
store the Dollarhides recommended
Blues Angel Music of Pensacola
as the successor business.
First ten years, 1988-1998.