Jay Wadenpfuhl

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Jay Wadenpfuhl, a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra horn section for 29 years, died Saturday, June 19, after a long illness. He was 60 and died in Cambridge Hospital, according to his wife, Michelle Perry of Boston, formerly of Bartlesville.
Mr. Wadenpfuhl played third horn in the BSO and taught at New England Conservatory and Boston University. His wide ranging musical interests included classical composition, improvisation, and writing songs in popular and jazz styles. Mr. Wadenpfuhl played with the orchestra as recently as March, after which he fell ill.
Mr. Wadenpfuhl grew up in a musical family in Kirbyville, Texas. By age 15 he was already performing with professional ensembles. He went on to study horn at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and played in the U.S. Army Band, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra before joining the BSO in 1981.
Survivors include his wife, Michelle Perry, who is the horn player of the Empire Brass quintet; his brother, Karl of Bevil Oaks, Texas; his brother, Ken of Cleveland; and his sister, Kathy of Austin, Texas.
A service to take place near the BSO's summer home at Tanglewood will be private.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from July 4 to Aug. 4, 2010