Gare Hofstad has for many years been an exceptional guitarist, performer, and educator in the metro Milwaukee area and the midwest. He started playing music as a child on the accordion and various woodwind instruments. He attended UW Madison studying music theory and composition. After traveling with bands here and abroad for some years he moved back to Milwaukee and entered the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music where he earned a degree in classical guitar performance.
His repertoire includes a vast array of styles including rock, funk, blues, country and pop specializing in finger style jazz, classical , Latin and other ethnic music. As a professional musician he has shared the stage with a variety of artists/organizations such as Del Shanon, Willie Dixon, Fats Domino, and the Racine Symphony Orcastra. You can see him performing locally with the jazz/latin group Trio De Janeiro, Latin/gpysy-jazz/swing group the Insouciant Guitar and as a soloist or acommpanyist for parties, events weddings and recitals playing a diverse repertoire.