Jonathan Hooper

Jonathan Hooper

Director of Bands, retired
Tarleton State University


Jonathan Hooper recently retired from full-time teaching after 25 years as the Director of Bands and Low Brass Instructor at Tarleton State University. Prior to Tarleton, he taught for five years in Texas public schools. In 2011 Hooper was the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award from the University Alumni Association. He now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Hooper has been a guest clinician, conductor, performer, and adjudicator of numerous bands and festivals throughout the South and Midwest. Under his direction, the Tarleton Wind Ensemble recorded a CD for BCM International composers. He has presented clinics and concerts for the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the College Band Directors National Association. He has conducted and performed on four tours in Europe, at the International Trombone Festival, and twice at the Montreux Jazz Festival. He is active as a music arranger and composer, with over 200 titles for concert band, marching band, jazz band, solos, and ensembles.

A native of Clearwater, Florida, Hooper received degrees from Abilene Christian University and East Texas State University, where he was a trombone student of Dr. Neill Humfeld.

Retired from full-time teaching, Hooper has enjoyed working with bands of all shapes and sizes throughout the South and Midwest, maintained a trombone studio of 20+ students, written commissioned music, adjudicated numerous festivals, performed regularly on trombone and electric bass, serves as Consultant with Youth Music of the World, and worked as Program Director for the ArtsAbroad Workshop in Prague. He recently began working a new endeavor reviewing manuscripts for The Texas A&M University Press and writing feature articles for Lake Granbury Living magazine.

  Session Titles

Hired Today, Start Tomorrow: What do I do tonight?


This clinic addresses the most immediate issues of the first year teacher, to include: 1. Remember why you got into this profession 2. Who you should count on at school 3. You are no longer the student 4. Arrive early, stay late, work hard in between

How To Be An Assistant Director


This clinic addresses the concerns and varied roles of an effective assistant, which includes: 1. You are not in charge—yet 2. Make the head director look good 3. Never stand around--there's work to be done

Life Beyond The podium


This clinic will present ideas for a more well-balanced life away from the podium while maintaining your high standards