About Pacific Winds Music

Company History

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 Fluke . 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.

Meet Our Team

  • James Garney, Sales
    James is an Oregon native, originally from Portland. He is an avid low brass player and studied under Mike Grose at the University of Oregon on Euphonium. He’s also a major cinephile and enjoys reading comics in his free time.
  • Alexis Henson 
    A California native, Alexis is a flute player, band geek, and self proclaimed nerd. Her musical pursuits brought her to Eugene to study at the University of Oregon with Professor Molly Barth, where Alexis received a degree in music and linguistics. As a new addition to the Eugene musical community, she hopes to pass along the love of music she has.
  • Brittany Rudoi, retail
    Brittany has just moved from Minneapolis and we are happy to have her join our team. When she is not working at Pacific Winds Music, she is a singer (soprano) and has a voice studio. She hasn’t gotten used to the rain yet, so come in and help her feel welcome.
  • Tim Sweaney, head of the repair shop
    Tim never met a fish he didn’t like or want to catch…when he’s not working, of course. At Pacific Winds, he uses his considerable experience and training to tame the wild instruments that cross his desk. He graduated from Renton Technical in 1983 and has worked in Tacoma and Reno before joining Pacific Winds Music in 2005.
  • Richard Johnson, repair technician
    Richard keeps his woodwind chops up playing in the Swing Shift Big Band, Scrambled Ape, and the Springfield Community Band. He attended Western Iowa Tech in Band Instrument Repair and has been at Pacific Winds since 2001.
  • Aaron Krienert, repair technician
    Aaron aka “Ren”, started the band repair trade with an intensive 2 1/2 year program at Western Iowa Technical College. 11 years later with 7 summers under his belt, he is armed with hammers and screwdrivers and a vat of knowledge to make your instrument hum! When not banging dents and burning pads he spends his time with his rockin’ daughter, riding his bike, playing chess, and finding ways to be a better Earth Citizen.