Born in Louisiana with time in Chicago and Los Angeles, Les Hooper has written for many different mediums over the years. A string of TV shows, movies, albums, and orchestral commissions along with a big band - with 7 grammy nominations to his credit, Les has achieved the variety he has longed for. And on top of this his main stay is commercials. Mercedes, Reebok, Delta, IBM, Acura just to name a few, the credits are lengthy.
The first big band album from Chicago, "Look What They've Done" won him 3 grammy nominations alone. It was the first of five big band albums and is about to record a live big band album this August. Three small band albums (HOOPLA) and some arranging credits for groups like The Singers Unlimited, Don Ellis, STan Kenton and Ben Sidran have added to his disc list.
Les' band appeared in the Robert Altman film, "The Player" and on the grammy awards show from New York. He has written the score to films like "Back in the USSR","Roadflower", "Goy" and has had music in "Being John Malkovich", "Any Given Sunday" "Reversal of Fortune" and "The Player" along with several TV shows.
Many of his arrangements and compositions (over 100) have been published over the years and scattered through 9 or 10 publishing companies. There have also been orchestral commissions and wind ensemble pieces.