Established in 1968, Northwest Music was started as a local source for professional instruments. Prior to that time many serious musicians had no choice but to travel to large US cities to find a quality instrument.
Bill Stonier joined the company soon after its inception. Bill played sax in various local dance bands so he was well known in the music community and had previous experience running a company having started Triad Leasing; a car-buying service for teachers. He had also been an educator and band teacher for several years in the Fraser Valley. The company drew heavily from his experience.