West Music Company was founded by Pearl L. West. He was born in 1914 and grew up in a small house on a farm 1-? miles southeast of Dean, Iowa. Farm life was rough in those days - there was no central heat or electricity and not much food. During the … show more
West Music Company was founded by Pearl L. West. He was born in 1914 and grew up in a small house on a farm 1-? miles southeast of Dean, Iowa. Farm life was rough in those days - there was no central heat or electricity and not much food. During the Great Depression, Pearl played the baritone horn in various bands and traveled all over Iowa to make a living. In August of 1940, he formed a partnership with Pete Peterson and together they began Peterson-West Music Company, a one-room retail and repair shop on South Clinton in Iowa City.
A few months after the store was opened World War II began. This resulted in great shortages of musical instruments, so the partnership was dissolved. Mr. Peterson went on the road with a dance band and Mr. West moved the repair shop to 110 Iowa Avenue with Huyett Music Company. Mr. West auditioned for the Navy Preflight Band but could not pass the physical. He then joined the instrumental music department at City High in Iowa City in October of 1942, teaching in the school system during the day and repairing instruments at night. This schedule continued until 1945 when he officially opened West Music Company on South Dubuque Street. His experience in music education, repair and performance gave him a unique understanding of the needs of the music industry. The initial focus of West Music was to fulfill the specialized requirements of educational institutions. Over the years, we have not only retained this original goal, but have expanded to include pianos, organs, electronic amplification equipment, guitars, orchestra instruments, marching equipment, materials for elementary teachers, and a wide range of accessories. The repair department has also expanded and now includes 23 full time technicians, the largest facility of it's kind in the Midwest.