William Knaus opened the doors to their Eugene-based instrument repair shop on March 15, 1987. At the time they were one of six area shops, but as the decades have passed, Pacific Winds Music remains as the only one of the original six still in business, thanks in no small part to the Knaus’ ability to adapt and expand by adding reeds, print music and lesson books, accessories, and a wide selection of ukuleles–not to mention free uke lessons for beginners.
Today, band instruments and ukuleles share space and success at Pacific Winds Music. In 2004, Willie decided to add ukuleles to his school music business. Starting small, sales have grown ever since, even during the recession, and the display now includes more than 60 ukuleles representing noted brands like Kamaka, Kanile’a, KoAloha, LoPrinzi, Ohana, Kala, Kamoa, Cordoba, Moku, Islander, Magic Flute, Local and nationally known ukulele artists present workshops and classes in the store. As a part of its commitment to music education, Pacific Winds Music maintains a classroom set of 15 ukuleles for school and community use, free of charge.
Pacific Winds Music continues to sponsor community music-making groups and school music programs. Partners in music include Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, Eugene Symphonic Band, Springfield Community Band, City of Eugene Washburne Summer Park Series, One More Time Marching Band, Uketoberfest, and New Horizons Band.