David Hobbs has been principal trumpet of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra since 2002. His initial training was with his father, for many years the principal clarinetist of the Huntsville Symphony. David received his Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University and recently completed a Master of Arts degree at Middle Tennessee State University.
His performance experience spans a quarter century with many different ensembles. In addition to being principal trumpet with the Chattanooga Symphony, he has played fourth trumpet with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. He has also been principal trumpet of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra. He has performed with the Baton Rouge, Meridian, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa and Alabama Symphony Orchestras and in 1983 was the winner of the Louisiana Young Artists Competition and appeared as guest soloist with the New Orleans Symphony. He has worked with conductors such as James Paul, Giancarlo Guerrero, Sir Neville Mariner, JoAnn Faletta, Kenneth Schermerhorn, Mei Ann Chen and Leonard Slatkin. In 2008 he was the guest soloist of the Chattanooga Symphony, performing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto.
He has been active in the recording studios in Nashville, a highlight of which was the recording of the soundtrack of “Hoodwinked” a major animated motion picture. For 15 years he was the solo cornetist of the Mr. Jack Daniels Original Silver Cornet Band. During this period he appeared as soloist with the Cornet Band at the International Trumpet Guild conventions in 1992 and 2004 and also in 1995 on Good Morning, America. He has worked with many well-known entertainers such as Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Brenda Lee, Louise Mandrell, Pat Boone, Wynona Judd, Charlie Daniels and Taylor Swift, among others.
David is currently an adjunct faculty member at both Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee and Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee where he teaches applied trumpet.
What is your favorite CSO memory?
That might get me in trouble! Well, the end of really big pieces that we play are always fun! Especially the goose bump generating kind!
What convinced you to pursue a career in music?
My father was my band director and trumpet teacher. His love of music affected me and I learned to love to play my instrument as well. I had success as a young player and just kept going!
Where did you go to school and who did you study with?
I received my bachelors degree in music performance from Louisiana State University. While there, I studied with James West. I also studied with Paul Randall of the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. In addition, I earned a master of arts degree at Middle Tennessee State University where I studied with Michael Arndt and Jamie Simmons.
How did you choose your instrument?
My father had wanted me to play clarinet. However, after a couple of weeks of being unhappy, I waited until I was in the sixth grade and then tried trumpet. I was much happier then!
What do you want music lovers to know about your instrument?
How versatile it is. It is one of the very few instruments that play an important role in just about any kind of musical setting. Classical, Jazz, Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues and many other genres have had important players and compositions written for trumpet.
What music are you listening to right now?
Bluegrass. Particularly non-vocal bluegrass. Allison Krauss and the Dillards are great favorites of mine. I also listen to Diana Krall. Such a great jazz artist!
What is your favorite Chattanooga hangout?
There are lots of them! I like the Terminal, Taco Mac, Bea’s……I travel so I usually don’t have time for non-restaurant stops.
Who is your favorite composer and/or favorite piece?
Well, the stock answer for a brass player is Mahler and Strauss. I love those works, especially Mahler Symphonies No. 2 and 5. I also love Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben and Don Juan. I have to say however, that I really enjoy Impressionist music the most. Le Tombeau de Couperin, La Mer, Nocturnes, the Ravel Piano Concerto in G and others are all huge favorites of mine.