A Hope College faculty member since 1992, Charlie Hoats has had the privilege of performing with:

  • Rick Margitza
  • Marvin Stamm
  • Gunnar Mossblad
  • Marcus Roberts
  • Denis DiBlasio
  • Gene Bertoncini
  • Phil Keaggy
  • Claudio Roditi
  • Chris Vadala
  • Jack Wilkins
  • Jimmy Bruno
  • Clay Jenkins
  • Kim Richmond
  • Christian Howes
  • Sunny Wilkinson
  • Ray Kaczinski

Additional performance experience includes the National Touring Company of Grease; regional productions of Pump Boys and Dinettes, Ten November, Beehive and other small- and large-scale musicals; and numerous performances with local and regional jazz, blues and pop groups. Charlie was a founding member of the Michigan-based jamband/morphtet The Folk Lizards.

A former Hope student himself, Charlie studied improvisation with Dr. Robert F. Thompson and John Shea. His duties as instructor of jazz bass at Hope College include teaching private lessons, coaching small ensembles and performing with the Hope College Faculty Jazz Group.

Charlie resides in Caledonia, Michigan. He and his wife, Holly, have three boys, Sam, Ben and Will.

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