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