Katy Texas News
Posted November 4, 2010
James Anderson and Robert Chaney opened the doors of Texas Guitar Company in November 2005 with little more than their collective 10 years experience in the industry, a handful of guitar students, and a desire to offer the best customer service possible. The idea to open their own store sprang from conversations between Bob and James when they became acquainted at another local music store.
We thought â€œWe can do this, only better!â€ says Anderson, who had five years teaching experience when the store opened, as well as a two-and-a-half year apprenticeship with luthier (guitar builder) Jim Hewett. Combined with Robertâ€™s five years experience repairing guitars and managing the afore-mentioned music store, the two â€œknew we had the collective experience to make it work.â€
From the beginning, Texas Guitar Company knew that providing excellent customer service would begin with attracting and keeping excellent employees. Their instructor roster includes two elementary school music teachers, critically acclaimed jazz musicians, Suzuki method certified teachers, two worship leader/music directors at local churches, several â€œgiggingâ€ professionals as well as some younger instructors earning their degrees at the University of Houstonâ€™s Moore School of Music.
Keeping the atmosphere fun is another key to success.Â â€œHappy employees that enjoy their work are just more likely to provide that quality customer experience we believe people are looking forâ€ says Anderson. â€œEveryone has a good time here.â€
Currently, Texas Guitar Company boasts over 200 students, 16 instructors, seven employees, and brand names such as Fender and Marshall.
â€œWeâ€™re not done yet,â€ says Anderson. â€œIn fact, we feel like we are just getting started.Â We have plans to open a second location as early as next year.â€
To celebrate five years in business, Texas Guitar Company will host a free concert featuring several local bands, an instructor recital, and student performances. The concert takes place Sunday, November 21 from 12 â€“ 6 p.m., rain or shine.Â Everyone in attendance has a chance to win several prizes, including the grand prize of a free guitar.Â Local barbecue purveyor John Banks will be selling Texas barbecue for those with an appetite. Texas Guitar Company is located at 2351 N. Fry Rd. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.