The Hoffy History
Hoffy's Entertainment was established in 1997 by Chris Hoffland in Marshall, WI. Chris began DJing at the age of 15 for local High School Dances; he then decided to take this gig to the next level when a former classmate had asked him to DJ their Wedding Reception.
That same start-up year, Chris had booked his first weekly Bar gig at the Marshall Pub in his hometown. This was a great opportunity since most of the clientele consisted of friends, classmates, and family, which made it easy for Chris to get comfortable reading the crowd and getting a feel for what they wanted to listen and dance to.
There were many obstacles to overcome when setting up the business and gaining the needed equipment. Trial and error seemed to do the trick! The business did start out small, with one DJ system that was sold and rebuilt many times over the first two years of operation. Chris was striving to get to a quality level that far exceded any competition and was easy to use, for himself and future employees.
In mid 1999, Chris started DJing at Wilson's Bar and Grill in Madison, WI on Saturday nights and the 2nd system was born. Over the next year, Hoffy's Entertainment had acquired Friday and Saturday night DJ shows as well as many parties, school dances, graduations, and weddings.
In the fall of 2000, Chris picked up a 3rd bar account and began hiring employees! That year Hoffy's made the leap and decision to create their first website and became an LLC.
In the fall of 2003 the Hoffy-Oke Karaoke Show was born. The first Karaoke system was much like our first DJ system - lots of trial and error. With more research and finding of the right equipment, Hoffy-Oke Karaoke had expanded into the use of 5 systems. Spring of 2005, Hoffy had hosted the 1st "The Hoffy-Oke Idol" contest, which was held at the Whitehouse Bar in Westport, WI. Two more contests have been held since then with hope for more in the future.
2007 was another milestone for Hoffy's with the addition of Digital Photography. Chris had been shooting photography since grade school. He had also taken classes throughout his High School career and after graduation. This additional service has greatly increased what Hoffy's can offer their customers; a one-stop shop for Weddings!
In 2010, Hoffy also introduced decor up-lighting and rental services to their clients. Now, Hoffy's Entertainment is more than just a DJ company!
We welcome you to be part of our history when you book with us!