SGM Gil Hoffer hails from Indianapolis, IN, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Indiana University School of Music. He began his military service in 1986 as a trumpeter in the 4th US Army Band in Chicago, IL. He has also served in the 8th US Army Band in Seoul, Korea, the Army Ground Forces Band in Atlanta, GA, and the Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps in Washington, DC. He has been with The U.S. Army Band "Pershing’s Own" since 1998. Although normally a member of the Concert Band and the US Army Orchestra, he also enjoys performing occasionally with the Ceremonial Band, the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, and the Army Brass Quintet. He has had numerous solo appearances with the Concert Band and the Army Blues, and has also performed as a solo bugler in Arlington National Cemetery and at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Hoffer is also actively involved in the musical community of the greater Washington Metropolitan area, and has performed with the Maryland Philharmonic, Maryland Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, Manassas Ballet Theater and Dominion Symphony Orchestra, and has recorded with several professional studios in the Washington area.