A native of Columbus, Ohio, Rob Hoffhines was first drawn to the trombone on the occasions when his father would resurrect the old Martin trombone from the basement, accompanying Herb Alpert LPs for family entertainment. As do most young brass players in central Ohio, he merely aspired to march with the Ohio State Marching Band (TBDBITL). Yet as fortune would have it, he was able to pursue the trombone at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati where he studied with Tony Chipurn and Betty Glover.
After two years of studies in New York and a few summers at the Aspen Music Festival, studying with Per Brevig and later Edward Treutel, Rob moved to Chicago to play in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
A member of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 1996, Rob enjoys an active freelance career in the Chicagoland area, but a real estate appraiser certification (IL) pays the mortgage. Rob and his flutist wife Wendy live in Wilmette with their two girls. Rob is the sole proprietor of the R.W. Hoffhines Rod Company. His handcrafted, split-bamboo fly rods are acclaimed by fly fishers and collectors in the US, Europe and Japan.