Hall Goff

Posted by September 13, 2012


Hall Goff (trombone) has been a noisemaker all his life, vocalizing sound effects for toy trucks, guns, cars, and planes throughout his childhood in New Jersey. After two years as an alto in the Madison (Wisconsin) Boy Choir, he gravitated to the trombone at age 12 and began listening to dixieland, bebop, pop vocalists of the day (early 60′s), and all kinds of recorded sound, and was later influenced by early Zappa, Chicago Symphony recordings, and Firesign Theater. Realizing the value of serious practice in his 16th year was a landmark experience. Hall attended Oberlin College (BA), and earned a Master’s degree at Yale School of Music, mentored by John Swallow and Otto-Werner Mueller. He played in the orchestras of The Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto and The Macerata Opera Festival, both in Italy. He has been a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since 1977, the Golden Gate Park Band since 2009, and has had the good fortune to play (to this day) as a freelancer with many Bay Area ensembles of all sizes, as well as on various recordings and motion picture soundtracks and behind visiting musical stars of opera, jazz, rock, and pop, including John Pizzarelli, The Manhattan Transfer, Vic Damone, Glen Campbell, Bob Hope, Steve Allen, and many others. Hall joined the S.F. Contemporary Music Players in 1979.