Music to My Ears
By Ben Jones Jr.

“without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzche

Music is a part of ever individuals life. Whether you play an instrument,
listen to the radio, or even listen to the sounds of nature, music is an
everyday occurrence in our lives. For one Thibodaux family, music
became their entire world.

Ted Hoffmann is part owner along with his son, Scott Hoffmann of
Hofman Music Inc. located at 630 Jackson Street in Thibodaux. Hofman
Music Inc. was Started in 1958 by Ted Hoffmann's brother and business
partner before he joined the business in 1964. “ I was born and raised in
Thibodaux.” In fact I grew up right down the street from the shop. I joke
and tell people I didn't get far in life”, said Hoffmann.

After graduating from Thibodaux High School, Hoffmann then attended
Nicholls State University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in
Science Education. I taught at Thibodaux Upper Elementary for one year
before joining the family business,” said Hoffmann. “Becoming a part of
Hofman Music Inc. ended up curing me.”

Hoffmann's son, Scott, started working with him at age 13. “Scott was
such a young boy when he first started. I had him cleaning instruments
and sweeping floors. I'm proud of what we've accomplished together.”

Hofman Music Inc., according to their website, “Strive[s] to provide
quality instruments at affordable prices and a fun shopping experience
for musicians and music enthusiasts. When you visit [their] store, you
will be assisted by professionals with the experience to help you find
the right instrument or equipment for you.”

After being in the business for 50 years, Hoffmann still enjoys the music
and the challenges associated with instruments as well as sound
systems and electronics. A typical day at the shop includes helping
customers find what they are looking for, cleaning up and maintenance,
working on sound systems, and doing whatever it takes to keep things
running. “We are here to provide a good service for the community. You
cant really get knowledge of instruments or electronics from the
Internet, but at Hofman Music Inc., we pride ourselves in teaching the
youth of the area how to play an instrument when they start to doubt
themselves and give up.”

Hoffmann has many pastimes and hobbies. He is skilled in playing tuba
as well as drums. He was president of the community band for 31 years
and is still involved as an active member to this day. He is also one of
the founding members of the Dixie Jazz Band, which focused on keeping
the heritage of jazz music alive in the community. He played with this
group for 25 years. Hoffmann also enjoys building and flying radio
controlled model airplanes. “It's a wonderful hobby to have and I really
Like creating these planes from scratch. It's great accomplishing such a
feat.” One of his model airplanes earned two trophies in competition in
which he participated.

As for the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce, Hoffmann said that it is a
key necessity to small business and our local community. “I was Vice
President, Secretary and Treasurer at different points in my life with the
Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce. I also headed the annual Christmas
parade one year. That was a feat in itself!”

Hoffmann stressed the importance of supporting local businesses. “It is
vital to the survival of our small business community when you make the
choice to shop local instead of online,” said Hoffmann. “We appreciate
every costumer and will continue to give great local service and
knowledge of music, instruments, and electronics.”