Patrick Hoffman earned the undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. Working as a Marketing Coordinator for several months was enough time to convince him to pursue his passion for music.  He went on to earn the degrees of Master of Music from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Dr. Hoffman has studied trumpet with Chris Jaudes, Susan Slaughter, Ray Sasaki, Bernard Adelstein, and Fred Mills.  After the completion of doctoral study under Professor Mills at the University of Georgia, he accepted a position with the Rekkenze Brass Quintet of Hof, Germany. For the next three years he performed as Assistant Principal Trumpet in the Hof Symphony, and toured with the quintet throughout Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, and the United States.  As Associate Professor of Trumpet and Director of Brass Ensembles at Delaware State University, Dr. Hoffman also teaches courses in Music Theory, Ear Training, Arranging, and Orchestration. He is active as a recitalist and performer in the Delaware, Philadelphia and New York areas.  In addition to arrangements and transcriptions for brass quintet and brass ensemble, he has also written several original works for brass. Since 2002, he has enjoyed his summers in upstate New York, serving as Trumpet Instructor and Director of Brass Ensembles at the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, New York. Dr. Hoffman has taken DSU student ensembles to summer workshops in Germany and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, as well as study abroad music programs in Changchun and Ningbo, China.