Magnolia Music Center was conceptualized in the early 90's in Jackson, Mississippi by an entrepreneur named Paul Champagne. He started out as Magnolia Trading Company, buying and selling vintage guitars and other various musical sundry. Paul's business grew over time and became known as Magnolia Music on Old Canton Rd. in Jackson. Through various music store acquisitions and trade agreements the name "Magnolia Music" came to the coast in the fall of 2001 at which time Paul Champagne and Tony Strong became business partners.
Tony Strong had been involved in the music store industry on the coast since 1978, starting out as a combo sales associate and ending up as store manager with a local music store. When Paul and Tony became partners a unique fusion of energy, experience, and ideas came together and Magnolia Music grew in an explosive manner. In a short time Magnolia Music became the Gulf Coast's Largest Music store with 2 locations: Gulfport and Ocean Springs. Our stores stock guitars, amps, drums, PA, band instruments, recording equipment, keyboards, and sheet music. We also offer repair service, lessons, and a fully equipped Audio Video Install Service.
Following the aftermath of Katrina, Magnolia Music was re-organized with Tony Strong becoming the sole owner of the stores. The first move was to open Magnolia Music Center in the Norwood Village shopping Center on Hwy 49 in Gulfport with an enormous 7000 sq ft showroom and six new music lesson studios. Being the largest music store in Harrison County, and the only music store in Jackson County, Magnolia Music Center is The Mississippi Gulf Coast leader in bringing out "the best that you can be" in your musical adventures.