Before joining the Army, MSG Stefen Christian Hinkle performed in the Greensboro Symphony in North Carolina. Hinkle attended Brevard College from 87-89, in Brevard, NC and University of North Carolina Greensboro from 1989 - 1992 where he received a Bachelor of Music Performance in trumpet. He is currently a member of The U.S. Army Brass Quintet and The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band. He has traveled the United States as a special bugler for several congressional funerals and various ceremonies. Hinkle has performed regularly as a soloist, and has performed in places such as Norway, Scotland, and Australia. He is an active musician in the Washington, D.C. area and has performed with Mannheim Steamroller, and has been featured in GQ magazine.