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David Hite, age 80, a resident of Estero FL, died Sunday, January 18, 2004 at Hope Hospice, Ft. Myers FL.  He had been taken ill suddenly four weeks earlier.  Born Sept. 25, 1923 in New Straitsville OH, he devoted his life to the study and mastery of the clarinet.  He studied with Fred Weaver of Columbus, Daniel Bonade of New York, and Anthony Gigliotti of Philadelphia.  After moving with his family to Columbus in 1941, he enrolled in the Ohio State University School of Music where he subsequently earned Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees in Music.  During WWII he joined the US Army, serving in Guam and Okinawa as a band musician.  Upon discharge, he returned to play in the Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra and in the Berkshire Music Festival Orchestra at Tanglewood MA.  In 1954 he joined the music faculty of Capital University where he taught for over 20 years.  After leaving Columbus in 1983, he moved to the New York City area, working with artist clarinet and saxophone players in custom servicing instruments and mouthpieces.  In 1986 he settled in Florida where, with his wife Jean, he won international recognition for the design and production of J & D Hite clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces.  He also worked to expand the clarinet music literature, publishing many new editions and arrangements with Southern Music Company.  Survived by wife Jean Ann Knox Hite; son Christopher (Angela) Hite and grandson Benjamin Hite of Annandale VA; son Mark D. Hite of Columbus.  Preceded in death by parents Harry and Dollie Hite, brother Lester, and sister Hazel.  Arrangements in care of the National Cremation Society, 12820 Kenwood Lane, Ft Myers, FL 33907.

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