As a featured instrumentalist, he's performed with many of the nation's symphony orchestras, as well as on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson & Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Austin City Limits, Nashville Network, Merv Griffin and Hee Haw. He's played the major showrooms of Las Vegas, Reno & Lake Tahoe, and performed onstage with Alabama, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dwight Yoakam, and many others.
After ten years and over a million miles on the road, Dave retired from touring to concentrate on recording and composing. His work on Murphey's albums paved the way to becoming an in-demand Nashville session musician. He's played keyboards and written string arrangements for both chart-topping and Grammy-winning records, for a wide variety of artists.
Also a prolific composer, Hoffner co-wrote the "Lonesome Dove" song for the TV series, and the theme song for Time Warner's ten-hour documentary "The Wild West". His instrumental music has been heard on such TV shows as Good Morning America, 20/20, Saturday Night Live, Dukes of Hazzard, National Geographic TV Specials, and the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Gabriel Byrne film "End of Days". Two of his orchestral compositions were recorded by the San Antonio Symphony, and he received the National Emmy Award Nomination of "Outstanding Achievement in Music" for his score to National Geographic's "Braving Alaska".
In 1999, Dave co-wrote and co-produced the experimental Warner Bros. album "Back Tuva Future", a collaboration with Tuvan throat-singing master Kongar-ol Ondar. The record was hailed as one of the "Top Ten CD's of the Year" by the New York Post, and the "Tuva Groove" single climbed Billboard's Hot Dance Music chart to #14.
Dave's most recent scoring project was writing and producing the original musical score for the two hour biography film "Billy Graham, God's Ambassador".