James Sudduth

From Wind Repertory Project
James Sudduth


James Sudduth (19 October 1940, Crosbyton, Texas – 3 December 1997, Lubbock, Texas) was an American band director and composer

Mr. Sudduth earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Texas Tech University. Sudduth began his professional career with the Lubbock Independent School District. He finished it as director of bands at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, a post he attained in 1981 and held until his death. Between the ISD and Tech, he worked as director of bands at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University), and as an assistant professor of music and director of the marching band at Northwestern University.

In his supervisory role at Tech he oversaw the entire band program. He also conducted the university's nationally-acclaimed Symphonic Band and directed the Texas Tech Band and Orchestra Camp, one of the largest youth music camps in the nation. Sudduth also taught arranging and conducting at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Sudduth's arrangements, transcriptions, and compositions, for both marching and concert band, numbered more than 300. Many of them were published.

Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board honored Sudduth in 1982 for outstanding service to Texas Tech. The next year he participated in the National Intercollegiate Band. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America awarded him the National Citation of Excellence in 1985 for outstanding contributions to music. Sudduth was guest conductor of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra at Ballet Lubbock's performances of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker from 1987 through 1993. In addition, he conducted the Lubbock Youth Symphony Orchestra in 1992 and led several of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra's pops concerts. In October 1988 he became the first American to guest-conduct the Seoul Wind Ensemble in Seoul, South Korea. In May 1993 he conducted the Texas Tech University Symphonic Band at Carnegie Hall. In 1995 he received the Distinguished Service to Music Medal, the highest honor that can be bestowed by Kappa Kappa Psi / Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Fraternity.

Works for Winds


  • Heidel, Richard Mark. "A Tribute to James Sudduth." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 136-138. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
  • "James Sudduth." Texas State Historical Association. – Accessed 10 December 2016