Born: August 15, 1938
A native of Houston, Texas, Stix developed an interest in music, drums and percussion at a very early age. Starting in junior high, under the direction of George Magruder, the school’s band director, Stix began devoting much of his time to the study of all aspects of music including composition, song writing, etc. Studying at Phillis Wheatley High School, spearheaded by band director, Sammy Harris, Stix eventually formed a band called the Swingsters, later on the Modern Jazz Sextet. While matriculating at Texas Southern University, Stix received continual coaching from members of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and other local professional musicians. Upon moving to the west coast, he studied music at California State University, Los Angeles, and also received coaching from well-known private instructors and his personal mentors. During this time the Jazz Crusaders were formed, under Hooper’s leadership, eventually becoming the Crusaders, a world renowned entity....
AwardsAmong the numerous acknowledgements and accolades Stix has garnered are 12 Grammy nominations, #1 awards from various music media, named one of the top drummers/musicians by Downbeat, Playboy Magazine and other publications, received an invitation to the White House, keys to major US cities and several international honors.
Drummer, Stix Hooper is well known for being a former members of the Crusaders. Significantly at Colburn School of Music's Zipper Hall, he made a point of showing that his range surpasses boundaries and labels, while also being a very capable bandleader. Chris Walker, LA Jazz Scene
“Drummer Stix Hooper’s band, Viewpoint, set the bar high for what was to follow. Paced by Hooper’s dynamic percussion work, the group moved easily and smoothly from brisk mainstream jazz to more propulsive grooves.” Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times