The Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, THOMAS HOOTEN, was born in Tampa, Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Florida and his Master of Music degree from Rice University; his primary trumpet teachers have included Armando Ghitalla, John Hagstrom, and Don Owen.
In 2000, Hooten earned a trumpet/cornet position with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C., where he was often a featured soloist. While living in the D.C area, Thomas was active in chamber and orchestral music, performing with groups including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony, Washington Symphonic Brass, the Arlington Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony. While still in the Marine Band, Hooten won the 2nd trumpet audition with the Richmond (VA) Symphony, and he continued to work with them through 2004.
Following his four-year enlistment in the Marine Band, Thomas won the Assistant Principal Trumpet position with the Indianapolis Symphony – a position he held for two years. During his time in Indianapolis, Hooten won auditions for principal trumpet in both the Houston and Atlanta Symphonies. He acted as Principal Trumpet in the Atlanta Symphony from 2006-2012.
Thomas Hooten has appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the United States Air Force Band, Keystone Winds, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. He has given master classes and recitals at Juilliard, Northwestern University, Indiana University, Mannes School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, the Universities of Kentucky and Illinois, and many other locations throughout the United States. Hooten has appeared as a guest principal in the Saint Louis Symphony, at the Grand Teton Music Festival, and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Thomas has served on the faculty for The Aspen Music Festival, acting as a guest artist and teacher. While in Atlanta, he shared a studio with his wife at Kennesaw State University, where they provided lessons, master classes, and performance coachings to a diverse range of professional and student musicians.
Thomas can be heard on numerous Los Angeles Philharmonic recordings including Mahler’s Ninth Symphony and Lutoslawski’s Symphony No. 1. He also recorded, with the Atlanta Symphony, Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy and Gandolfi’s Garden of Cosmic Speculation. He released his first solo album, Trumpet Call, in 2011.