The Principal Trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Hooten was born in Tampa, Florida. He earned his bachelor of music degree from the University of South Florida and a Master’s of Music from Rice University. His primary trumpet teachers have included Armando Ghitalla, John Hagstrom, and Don Owen.
In 2000, Mr. Hooten won a trumpet/cornet position with "The President's Own" Marine Band in Washington, D.C., where he was often a featured soloist. While living in the D.C area Hooten was active in chamber and orchestral music and performed with such groups as The National Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, Washington Symphonic Brass, Arlington and Baltimore Symphonies. While still in the Marine Band Hooten won 2nd trumpet with the Richmond (VA) Symphony and continued to work with them through 2004.