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Dr. John Paul Zdechlik (Gamma Pi / Gamma Alpha) 1937-2020


John Zdechlik, elected to ABA in 1988, passed away on Friday morning May 22, 2020, from complications of Parkinson’s and COVID-19. John had been in ill health for many years and was unable to attend ABA conventions. Prior to his ill health, however, he was an active composer, performer, conductor, and clinician. John earned his Ph.D. in Theory and Composition from the University of Minnesota where he studied with Paul Fetler and Frank Bencriscutto (ABA 1966).

John wrote numerous commissioned and published works, all of which many of our members have played. His works are frequently performed in this country and around the world.

His family was with him on Zoom just prior to his passing. He leaves his wife of many years, Katie, and three children: John, Sarah, and Mark.

Due to the present circumstances, a Memorial will be held at a later date.

John contributed so much to the band world as a performer, conductor, and composer. His contributions will be missed.

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