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Tom Booth

Lecturer of Trumpet, Chair of Brass, Winds and Percussion

Tom Booth has been adjunct professor of trumpet at Southern Methodist University since 1978. A noted teacher, he heads the Winds, Brass and Percussion Department, coaches chamber music and is a graduate advisor at SMU. He has been a member of the Dallas Symphony since 1977 and has also taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Illinois and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Prior to moving to Dallas, he served as second trumpet in the San Antonio Symphony from 1975 to 1977. He holds a B.M. degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, where he studied with James Darling and Mary Squire, and an M.M. degree from the University of Illinois, where he studied with David Hickman.

Booth can be heard on several recordings of trumpet ensemble literature featuring members of the Dallas Symphony trumpet section, and has twice appeared with them at conventions of the International Trumpet Guild. He has been a presenter at several sessions of the Texas Music Educators Association, including a lecture on the use of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) in private lesson instruction. A certified practitioner of NLP, he regularly conducts classes on its use in teaching for the department of music education at SMU.

During the summers, Booth performs and teaches at the Round Top Music Festival in Round Top, Texas. He currently resides in Sunnyvale, Texas, with his wife Linda. They have three grown children.


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