Washington McClain, a member of leading early music ensembles and a noted authority on the oboe, has died suddenly, Indiana University reports.
Dr McClain played euphonium in his high school band program at West Monroe High School, in northeast Louisiana. He did not become acquainted with the oboe until his undergraduate studies at Northeast Louisiana University (1978-1982), probably because it was a part of the curriculum towards a music education degree, with the end goal of becoming a school band director. His first (modern) oboe teacher was G. Lowry Riggins. He also studied musicology while at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.