About Our Band Leader

David Hoffman!

The Heartland Jazz Orchestra has welcomed David Hoffman as its new band leader in 2011, succeeding our beloved Dr. Thomas “Shab” Wirtel, who after almost ten years leading HJO, retired from the position to pursue other musical endeavours.

David is a professional musician, teacher, arranger, and musical director with accomplishments too lengthy to list here. Check out his website at David Hoffman Jazz.  David teaches trumpet, jazz piano, jazz combos and improvisation at Knox College, and from 1991 until 2004 was the trumpet/flugelhorn soloist and composer/arranger with the Ray Charles Orchestra.

The Board of Directors of Heartland Jazz Orchestra Foundation and the musicians of the Heartland Jazz Orchestra are honored to have David’s leadership and look forward to a lasting relationship and great jazz for Central Illinois jazz lovers, old and new.