Antigua Winds was founded in 1991 by Fred Hoey in San Antonio, Texas. As a musician and educator, Mr. Hoey thought, simply, that music enriches lives, and music is a natural gift to human beings. It was Mr. Hoey’s belief that everyone should have the opportunity to learn and play music.
With 20 years of full-line manufacturing experience, Antigua has evolved the design of wind instruments, always challenging and improving time tested standards with a highly skilled engineering team. Our research and development department utilizes today’s most sophisticated technology to ensure quality material composition and precision measurements. Antigua insists on selecting the most suitable materials for each instrument ranging from Pisoni pads to temper-blued needle springs. Documented work procedures and employee training help to build a core staff of highly skilled artisans, capable of producing some of the highest quality instruments on the market today. The investment in our 27 acre state-of-the-art manufacturing facility demonstrates Antigua’s commitment to remain at the forefront of instrument design and production.
Our passion for innovation has led us to collaborate with some of today’s most progressive instrument designers including Peter Ponzol and Morrie Backun. Listening to their feedback and working through innovations in key shapes, neck angles, mechanisms, ergonomics, intonation, and instrument response, Antigua has helped to redefine and shape what today’s musician requires.
From a local shop in San Antonio, Texas twenty years ago, Antigua has grown, now with distributors in over 60 countries. Antigua musical instruments are being played across the world, from the earliest beginning musicians to the most demanding professionals. Antigua’s legacy is built on passion, so we welcome you to take a closer look. Let us help “Find the Music in You.”