Melanie Hoffman received a bachelor’s of music degree in trumpet performance from California State University, Los Angeles, and received her master’s from the University of Southern California. Her principal teachers were Walter Laursen, Boyde Hood, and Rob Roy McGregor. Ms. Hoffman has been performing extensively in Southern California orchestras for the last 20 years and currently performs with the California Philharmonic, Opera A La Carte, Cypress Pops, Santa Ana Symphony, and others at home and abroad. In addition to her freelance performance, she teaches privately and is the trumpet coach for the band programs at Montebello High School and Temple City High School. Ms. Hoffman has taught at PCM since 1998.