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THOMAS HOOTEN is Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Of the Philharmonic’s recent performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed wrote, “The symphony begins with a terrifying trumpet solo. Thomas Hooten nailed it.” Prior to joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hooten served as Principal Trumpet in the Atlanta Symphony from 2006-2012. He released Trumpet Call, his first solo album, in 2011.
Hooten began his career in 2000 with a trumpet/cornet position in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C., where he was often a featured soloist. He went on to join the Indianapolis Symphony as Assistant Principal Trumpet for two years, and subsequently 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. A native of 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.