David Hoffman was the trumpet/flugelhorn soloist and composer/arranger with the Ray Charles Orchestra. During his stint with Ray, Dave played extensively in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia, including Rays first trip to Russia in 1994 and the return visit in 2000, where he played with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl.
He has appeared on television in France, Italy, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Holland, Spain, Russia, Portugal, Japan, Argentina and Brazil. In the United States he has appeared on The Tonight Show on NBC, Live at Newport on PBS, Merv Griffins New Years Eve Celebration, The ABC 24 Hour Millennium Marathon, and the Fox TV special Ray Charles, 50 Years of Music, where he accompanied Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Michael McDonald, Randy Travis and Willie Nelson. He has performed at most of the worlds major jazz festivals, including Newport, JVC, Nice, Antibes, Boston Globe, North Sea, Montreal and Montreux.
Best New Age Album for "Calmness of Spirit," 10th Annual Independent Music Awards, 2011.
Trumpet, jazz piano, jazz combos and improvisation.
Campus & Community Involvement
Conductor, Knox Jazz Ensemble.
Musical Director, 2006 Rootabaga Jazz Festival.
President, Peoria Federation of Musicians, Local 26, AFM.
Conductor, Cherry Street Combo.
Member, The Daniel Leahy Sextet.
Member, The Senses.
Founding Member, Illinois Central Jazz Train.
Performer, New York based Four Corners.
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder is selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Seniors Megan Beney and Eva Marley spoke at the Central States Anthropology Society. Beney's topic was the musical nature of speech directed at infants, and Marley discussed social media sites and social movements.
Rana Tahir, a double major in creative writing and political science, wrote dozens of poems and created 29 paintings after interviewing Kuwaiti residents about the 1990 Iraqi occupation.