Giant Steps Music Corporation has been in business since 1977, and in its current location on Hixson Pike since 1983. The company was founded by Michael Bauer with the idea of creating the best possible service for local musicians, whether just beginning or the long-time player. Between selling the highest quality instruments and repairing them when they weren't working, the ultimate goal was to always keep the musician playing. What began as a hobby in a basement in the early 1970s grew to be one of the most recognized stores and repair shops in the East Tennessee and North Georgia area. By servicing all area schools, 80 and counting, as well as renting instruments, we are truly a full service band and orchestra store.
In the summer of 2015, the showroom underwent a major remodel. (As Mike says, "it looks less like a pawn shop and more like a music store now!")
In January 2017, Giant Steps expanded the showroom by an additional 900 square feet. We finished converting an old office and storage space next door into a dedicated string orchestra room with hardwood floors, as well as a room for guitars and percussion.
In March 2018, we unveiled our newly designed website at www.giantstepsmusic.com. The next month we began using a new, integrated system. This meant that our cash register, website, inventory, and work order systems all work together in order to greatly increase our efficiency and better serve you. For instance, once one of our technicians completes a repair, the system can automatically send a notification text to the customer. And once the customer comes in, we can quickly pull it up on our cash register.