“Jason Sudduth (English horn) shone in the Barber,”

Seen here. Jason was second oboist in San Jose Symphony (RIP) before its demise. Great guy, great musician!


  1. I don’t know if you would know this, but is Jason Sudduth any relation to James Sudduth (whom us Texans know as a band director out at Texas Tech)?  I’ve played several arrangements for band of his and they’ve never failed to make me very happy.

    If so, what an incredibly talented family!

  2. Patricia Mitchell

    Yes, Sarah, that would be Jason’s father. I’m sorry to say he died in 1997 (at a young age of 57, too), of cancer.

  3. Several of my high school band directors were Tech alumni, so I had heard that he had passed away.  I could tell they were very affected, so it was pretty obvious that he was the kind of man who made an impression on his students.  It’s good to know, though, that the family is still making wonderful music. 
    I think my favorite piece that we played was an arrangement of the folk song “La Cucaracha” (yes, that one).  It was beautifully written and the orchestration, especially, was stellar. 

    Now that I think of it… it had lots of oboe!  I now no longer wonder where that inspiration came from.  😉