Thomas Hooten joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in 2006, the same year that he was appointed principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, where he holds the endowed Madeline and Howell Adams Chair. He earned degrees in trumpet performance from the University of South Florida and Rice University. His primary teachers include Armando Ghitalla, John Hagstrom, and Don Owen.
In 2000, Mr. Hooten won a trumpet/cornet position with “The President’s Own” Marine Band where he was often a featured soloist. Following his four-year enlistment in the Marine Band, he was appointed assistant principal trumpet with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for two years before coming to Atlanta.