Tools and Inspirations

I think it’s important in life to have the mindset of always being a student, and to always continue learning and growing. I will share things that I’m learning or have learned here from time to time. Here are some of my recent favorite books!


by Ashlee Vance
This book inspired me to not be afraid to fail and to think WAY outside of the the box. What would this thinking do for us as musicians? Our future will surely continue to change, and we should embrace it, prepare for it, and enjoy the process.  CLICK HERE


Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
Fascinating story of how Pixar came to life and continued to lead and create a new industry while honoring the past of Disney animation. Ideas on work space environment, leadership, and how we interpret failure as a path toward success. CLICK HERE


by Walter Isaacson
The life of Steve Jobs. I took from this how important it is to allow oneself to evolve, not to stick to ideals that limit us. Understanding the context of his vision and possibly how his time in youth studying Buddhist traditions may have influenced his ability to focus and stay true to his intentions for what he wanted to create or help create. CLICK HERE


by T. Colin Campbell, PhD,
and Thomas Campbell II, MD
Amazing book about diet and the industry that influences our ideas on what is healthy. Life-changing! Mostly centered around the premise that a whole food plant-based diet is best. CLICK HERE

Tom at Disney Hall recording and sheet music
trumpet call

Thomas Hooten “Trumpet Call”
Works for solo trumpet and piano
Thomas Hooten, Trumpet
Rebecca Wilt, Piano

Order autographed “Trumpet Call” CD $20.00 plus $4.00 shipping to USA addresses:

ssheet music

Purchase music from “Trumpet Call” HERE.


Balquhiddder Music offers fine sheet music
for brass. Visit the website HERE.

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