David Breeden

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David McKee Breeden
Born(1946-07-19)July 19, 1946
DiedJune 22, 2005(2005-06-22) (aged 58)
OccupationClarinetist, educator
Years activefl. ca. 1966–2005
Musical career
Associated actsSan Francisco Symphony

David McKee Breeden (19 July 1946 Fort Worth, Texas – 22 June 2005 Belmont, California) was an American clarinetist who was the principal clarinetist with the San Francisco Symphony for 25 years.


In addition to performing with the San Francisco Symphony, Breeden had taught at Stanford University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He performed for several years with the U.S. Navy Band.


A native of Fort Worth, Texas, he had been a student of his father, Leon Breeden, clarinetist and renown pioneer in jazz education at the University of North Texas College of Music. Breeden earned degrees from the University of North Texas (Bachelor of Music, 1968) and Catholic University.


  1. Anne Breeden-Ehmke (né Anne Christine Breeden; born 1977) a pianist, married Tanner Ehmke in 2010 in Chicago. Before that, in 2003, she earned a Master of Music in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music. In 2005, she a founded of The Arts At Large, Inc., of Chicago, and served as Executive and Artistic Director. The organization unites emerging artists with underserved audiences. While in Chicago, from about 2005 to 2009, she collaborated with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Concertante di Chicago, The Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, Chicago Opera Theatre, and The Chicago Children's Choir. She currently performs and teaches in Colorado, and also serves as a collaborative pianist at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
  2. Mark Daniel Breeden (born 1979) of Rochester, New York, a pianist, who had been a doctorate of musical arts candidate at the Eastman School of Music
  3. Christopher Benjamin Breeden (born 1983) of Belmont, California[1]


  1. ^ Obituary: "David Breeden: Clarinetist with SF Symphony," by Joe Simnacher, Dallas Morning News, August 10, 2005