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Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Trumpet to Perform at Texas Tech

James Hodgins

October 26, 2015

Thomas Hooten will perform as part of the Caprock Trumpet Conference.

Thomas Hooten

WHAT: Thomas Hooten, principal trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will perform a solo recital as part of the Caprock Trumpet Conference, hosted by Texas Tech University School of Music. Hooten also will conduct master classes for registered attendees of the conference.

Tickets for the concert are $10, and registration for all conference events is $30. Tickets can be purchased online at www.caprocktrumpetconference.org. Complete details on the conference, including a schedule of events, can also be found on the website.

Texas Tech students can attend all events free of charge. Registration is not required.

WHEN: 2 p.m. Nov. 8

WHERE: Hemmle Recital Hall, Texas Tech School of Music  

WHO: Thomas Hooten is principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. He can be heard on numerous L.A. Philharmonic recordings, including Mahler's “Ninth Symphony” and Lutoslawski's “Symphony No. 1.” He has also recorded Scriabin's “Poem of Ecstasy” and Gandolfi's “Garden of Cosmic Speculation” with the Atlanta Symphony.

Prior to joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hooten served as principal trumpet in the Atlanta Symphony from 2006 to 2012, where he was awarded the first Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair, a $10,000 merit-based award for “excellence in musical artistry, leadership, collegiality and community engagement.” He released “Trumpet Call,” his first solo album, in 2011.

Hooten has appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the U.S. Air Force Band, Keystone Winds and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral and chamber musician, he has performed with such ensembles as the National Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, Washington Symphonic Brass, Arlington Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony. He has given master classes and recitals at Juilliard, Northwestern University, Indiana University, Mannes School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory and many other locations throughout the United States. Hooten has appeared as a guest principal with the Saint Louis Symphony, at the Grand Teton Music Festival and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Hooten began his career in 2000 with a trumpet/cornet position in “The President's Own” U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C., where he was often a featured soloist. While with the Marine Band, Hooten won the second trumpet audition with the Richmond (VA) Symphony, where he performed through 2004. He joined the Indianapolis Symphony as assistant principal trumpet for two years and won the principal trumpet auditions for both the Houston and Atlanta symphonies.

Hooten 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, Jennifer Marotta, at Kennesaw State University, where they provided lessons, master classes and performance coaching to a range of musicians. A native of Tampa, Florida, he earned his bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and his master's degree from Rice University.     
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CONTACT: Andrew Stetson, assistant professor of trumpet, School of Music, College of Visual & Performing Arts, Texas Tech University (806) 834-4069 or andrew.stetson@ttu.edu