The Duncan Banner

October 6, 2013

Hooten’s ‘Coming Home’ and bringing a friend

Special to The Banner
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Grammy and Emmy-nominated musician David B. Hooten, a renowned trumpeter who was raised in Duncan, is presenting a rare appearance in his hometown.

“It all started here,” Hooten said. “Duncan gave me that beginning base that served as a foundation for my success. It always feels like coming home when I get on (U.S.) Highway 81.”

Hooten’s “Comin’ Home ” concert will be held at the Simmons Center/Jack A. Maurer Convention Center in Duncan at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

Hooten lives in Oklahoma City and makes appearances throughout the world as a guest trumpet soloist in recitals and with symphony orchestras all year. He has played for kings and queens, presidents and, in 1999 at the Vatican, for Pope John Paul II. Hooten is also known for using his talent to help numerous nonprofit organizations raise millions to benefit children.

“His talents extend beyond the instrument itself,” former Lt. Governor Jari Askins has said of the acclaimed musician.

Concert goers will also enjoy the sounds of Oklahoma guitarist Edgar Cruz.

Cruz has received numerous civic acknowledgments for his contributions to various charitable events. Those who have witnessed Cruz’s performance immediately become entranced at the precision, speed and complexity with which his fingers strike the strings of his guitar to create a symphony of sound unusual to just one instrument.

Hooten is also excited to have a longtime childhood friend involved with his appearance.

“The title sponsor for the concert is Tilley Group. Without Jimmy Tilley’s support, this concert would not have been possible,” Hooten said. “We grew up together and he is a good guy. He is the kind of person people think of when they think of Duncan. We are the “Kids from Duncan!” Not the others that the national media has been so speedy to portray.”

Tickets for this event can be purchased at the theater office or by calling 580-252-2900 ext. 240. See the paid advertisement on Page 12A.

Seating is limited so make plans to attend this rare performance today.