August 27, 1929 - May 20, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father, Ed Sueta, Sr.  Our family would greatly appreciate any personal stories you would like to share.  

Edward Sueta, Sr.  passed away peacefully on May 20, 2019.  A private, family service was held in accordance with his wishes.

Ed dedicated his life to music both as an outstanding performer and tireless music educator.  With his kind demeanor, giving spirit and optimistic joy of life, he touched the lives of thousands of music educators through his publications and his clinics and tens of thousands of their students.  He always said that “music changes lives” and his life was the embodiment of that belief.

Ed taught both privately and in the classroom for over thirty years.  He was always a teacher and never stopped sharing music.  Whether it was presenting a workshop at a national music conference or speaking to someone at a coffee shop, he always carried the message that music is for everyone.

Ed was born on August 27, 1929 and it was not long before he began developing the love of music that would shape his life.  By the age of 14, he was touring the Great Lakes with local big bands on the weekends.  He graduated from High Point College (now High Point University) where he majored in music and was a star basketball player.  He was an Honorable Mention All American and was invited to try out for the Knicks and Lakers but declined in order to pursue his career in music.

He married Macie Redding, the love of his life, during her senior year at High Point and their first daughter Carla was born the following year.  He served during the Korean War in the U.S. Navy Band and performed throughout Europe including for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.  Ed was later stationed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

While Ed was engaged in his teaching career, he continued to actively perform throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. He enjoyed playing for well-known performers throughout the years including Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Mel Tormé, Judy Garland, Henry Mancini and Frankie Avalon.  He played with the NJ Symphony Orchestra and pit orchestra of Broadway shows.

After receiving his Master’s Degree from Columbia University, Teacher’s College, Ed moved his growing family to the suburbs.  Ed believed that his family was the most important thing in his life.  He was a devoted family man who took great joy in raising Carla, Ed, Jr. and Julie with Macie.  Ed loved being a father and grandfather and greatly enjoyed spending time with his children and his grandchildren.

Early in his teaching career, Ed decided that he wanted to create teaching materials that would ensure his students’ success.  This passion led him to his lifework of creating curriculum materials which nurture the development of young musicians and help instill a love of music which will be a source of enjoyment throughout their lives.  In 1974, he published the Ed Sueta Band Method and started Macie Publishing Company out of the living room of the family home.  He ultimately authored numerous additional series and publications including Premier Performance for Band and the Be A Recorder Star Curriculum.  Ed took great pleasure and pride when Ed, Jr. and Julie joined him at Macie in 1986, making it a true family business. They continue to share his passion for music education today.

Ed attended hundreds of music conventions and presented workshops at conferences and for school districts for over thirty years.  He had great admiration, appreciation and respect for his fellow teachers and enjoyed spending time with them, sharing his knowledge and learning from them as well.  Many teachers and band directors tell a familiar story.  Ed would either call them into his booth at a conference or have a discussion with them after a workshop.  They always commented on his energy, optimism and passion and were always happy for the time they shared.

Ed was an eternal optimist who loved children, animals, dessert, golf, sports and spending time with family.  No meal was complete without dessert and small desserts were frowned upon.  He held life as a sacred gift.  You could see Ed ushering a bug out of the office so it wouldn’t meet an untimely demise.  Animals were an important part of his life and his cats L.K. and later Squeaky and Brighty served as wonderful, true companions.  He would want us all to celebrate his life and to remember time with him fondly and with joy.

Ed is survived by the love of his life, Macie, his daughter Carla Sueta (Christer) of Blowing Rock, N.C. and NYC, his son Ed Sueta, Jr. (Laura Kearny) of Doylestown, PA, daughter Julie Milana Sueta of Peapack, NJ, grandchildren Emily Grace and Andrew Sueta and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his mother Elizabeth, father John and siblings Ted, Marge and Johnny.   He will be dearly missed.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the music program at the local school of your choice or to Smile Train.


32 thoughts on “DEDICATION TO ED SUETA, SR.”

  • Judi

    We at Entel Systems would like to extend our condolences to the Sueta family on the passing of Edward, Sr.

  • Larry Allen

    I will never forget seeing you in Cleveland at the annual Ohio Music Educators Convention on a cold winter Saturday working vivaciously with a teacher long after everyone else was tearing down their booths. Your vigor and passion was so passionate in inspiring this teacher as I walked towards you to say, "Good-bye" I did not interrupt you, but that moment of commitment to teachers and music education has always been etched in my mind. I said to myself "This is the model of teaching that I want to imitate in my professional life" This was in 1991!

  • Mary Jane (MJ) Zorn
    Mary Jane (MJ) Zorn June 3, 2019 at 11:20pm

    I met Mr. Sueta at TX Music Educators Association Meetings in San Antonio circa 1993 or 4. I had just gotten the 5th grade music job in Brenham and he was doing a recorder workshop- fast forward 25 plus years later and I am still teaching on Kingsley recorders and showing the kids “At Rest”, “Left hand on Top”, and “drop everything and give me a low E!” Our friendship grew through annual phone calls to place an order, comparing the TX and New Jersey weather in January-surprisingly similar! The last time he was in TX, we made a picture together. I showed it to my students, then showed them his name on the front of their books. I was with a celebrity! I remember the year I met “Miss Macie” and other members of the team throughout the years. I also remember when I realized just how well known and successful he was as a band teacher and flute player—!! I only wish that we could have spent more time getting to know one another-/sometimes, I’d visit the booth and they’d be so busy, I’d sell a few recorders while I waited for them to get a break! Loved and missed in Texas, in sympathy I remain, MJ Zorn, Brenham Middle School and Burton Elementary.

  • Peter Mancini

    A true genius. I can not say thank you enough for the music pds that he gave and the knowledge that he shared. I true gentleman every time I called to place another order for 3rd grade recorders. We know that the world is a better music place because of the Sueta family. God Bless

  • Holly Rang

    I loved his workshops and especially loved his recorder method. He had a wonderful understanding of the pedagogy of instrumental music. I think his method book for recorders is the best recorder method book for fourth grade students that I have seen. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful person who contributed greatly to music education. His presence will be missed.

  • Amy Burr

    Aww...RIP Ed! Hugs and prayers to the whole Macie family! I was never lucky enough to meet you in person, but I've spoken on the phone with you countless times! Thank you Ed for the huge music impact you've made on my life and the thousands of children I've taught!

  • Rich Woolworth

    I met Ed in the 1980s when I took a summer seminar with him. His methods, especially for woodwinds, made a big impression on me. He had no idea what instrument I played until I picked up a flute to play it. Ed stopped me and said "Don't use your trombone embouchure." A true master!

  • Jill

    I have ordered recorders from Ed for most of my teaching career. I always made a point calling in my order because I enjoyed the conversation I would have with Ed himself as a result. He seemed like such a genuine and heartfelt man. I am thankful for the imprint he made on my life and on the lives of my students.

  • Penny

    May your dear one Rest In Peace. I attended a recorder workshop Mr. Sueta gave for the NYVUft music teachers, about 18 years ago and have used and recommended his method book and recorders ever since.

  • Joan Pryor

    So sad to hear this news! I met Ed at our yearly MENC conferences in California. He was such a wonderfully sweet man whose passion for teaching and sharing music was very evident. His method books got me on the right track as a new band and recorder teacher! I will forever cherish the memories of hearing him speak/teach at those conferences. Prayers for the family.

  • Jesse Evans

    Very sad to hear the news of Ed's passing. I enjoyed working for him and his family. Its always inspiring to see a master in his craft. My condolences to his family.

  • Kelly D.

    Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects. – Dalai Lama Your impact on music education will be never ending. Thank you, Ed.

  • Isabella McClancy
    Isabella McClancy June 4, 2019 at 10:08pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Sueta. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a workshop that he prepared for the Levittown teachers several years ago. Ever since meeting him, I have used his recorders, cds and method books with my students. He will be missed by many.
    Isabella McClancy
    Northside School
    Levittown, NY

  • Deborah DeHart

    I had met Ed, Sr. at many music teacher conventions. Always the most kind and lovely gentlemen in his dealings with us. Encouraging, generous, and wonderful man, he will be much missed. I know his values continue in his son and in the continued exceptional business practices of Macie Publishing. Sincere condolences to all of his family.
    So sorry for your loss.

  • Joe Troiano

    I first met Ed Sr. at the NJEA convention. It was then I decided to use his "BE A RECORDER STAR" Series in my instruction. Also began using "RHYTHM PIES" for the little ones. Ed was a great presenter, and he seemed very genuine in his speaking to the teachers at the workshop. He shared personal stories about the book which I sometimes share with my students. Ed will be missed but his musical influence will live on forever. Keeping all of his family and friends in prayer.

  • Dale Schubert

    I have had the privilege of knowing Ed for over 30 years. I first met Ed at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. As I was passing by his booth, he called out to me and asked what I taught. When I said I was a band director, he asked if I played flute. I said, “I try, but not very well.” An hour later I had had a flute lesson, a clarinet lesson and walked away with a pile of the Ed Sueta Band Method Books. I began using the books and used them for over 15 years until the Premier Performance Books were published. I have used both in my teaching ever since! After that I never missed stopping by the booth at Midwest or Ohio MEA for another lesson and to visit and gather new ideas for teaching my kids.
    I attended a number of the clinics that Ed used to hold at St. Catherine College in St. Paul, MN. We became good friends over the years. Ed has had such a profound influence on my teaching career and was always so positive and everything he did was for “his kids”. When we first met and I realized who I was talking to I said, “So you wrote the book!” His answer was one I heard in many conversations with teachers over the years... “No, I never wrote anything; My kids wrote the books…I just wrote down what they taught me.”
    Ed was such a gracious and humble human being, and such an inspiration to so many. I attended many of his clinics and never came away without new ideas and the desire to be a better teacher. I have been so privileged to work with him and his family. He has been my teacher, mentor and close friend, and even more…family. I will always be indebted to him and his family for their kindness and the opportunities they have afforded me over the years. In all the years of working with Ed, attending and presenting at conferences and in-services, I have never heard anyone utter anything but kind words about him. Ed was the epitome of a true master teacher! He will be sadly missed by so many! RIP, Ed!

  • Charlotte Cikowski
    Charlotte Cikowski June 10, 2019 at 04:09pm

    What a wonderful man! He always amazed me with his love of life and passion for teaching music. Still remember the stacks of boxes in his house when we first stared to use his method books. Loved seeing him in action at conventions! He could talk so fast! And was so tall! And his heart was so big. He gave us all a legacy to carry on to the future.

  • Martha Boughner

    The Ed Sueta Method and my teaching career started at the same time...Music For America, Future Musicians, Inc. and finally my own Genesis Music Program all used his books faithfully ! I helped transcribe his Book 3 for publication, and he came to watch me teach 3rd graders for his recorder method. I learned more from Ed about teaching Band than in any “methods” course I ever took! RIP to a great man.

  • Amy Burns

    I am so sad to hear of Ed's passing! He was such a kind man. I spoke to him at many music ed conferences, especially the ones in NJ. He will be greatly missed. His passion for music ed was infectious. He has left a wonderful mark on music education!

  • Candace Travis

    I used his method for recorder for many years, it was always successful, he was always very kind when we spoke on the phone and always gave us a few new items to try out for free. A very dedicated teacher who will be missed.

  • Barina Bailey

    I will certainly miss my phone conversations with Mr. Sueta. I first met him at NCMEA conferences years ago but was able to spend more time with him on the phone talking about recorders and my love for teaching elementary children in the past 10 years. I was so honored when he asked me and my students to help edit his online recorder book. The children took it so seriously and were very proud of their task. Macie Publishing is such a wonderful legacy and I look forward to many more years of ordering while speaking with Julie and Ed Jr. Rest In Peace Mr. Sueta!!

  • Christy Hitson

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Sueta's passing. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

    I never met Mr. Sueta, but for 38 years I have been using his curriculum. It has lead to the development of many fine young musicians.


    So very saddened to hear of Mr. Sueta's passing! I spoke with him once on the phone, and he was extremely kind and helpful to me. I know that he made such a wonderful impact on the lives of children and their musical education. What a legacy... May God bless your family!

  • Kimberly Geter

    Thank you for coming to DeKalb County School District in Atlanta, GA to speak with music educators there in the '90s. You will always be remembered fondly.

  • Dorothea Casey

    I have ordered materials for my students from Macie Pubiishing for years.... so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Sueta. I was always impressed in the early years of ordering that Mr. Sueta would often answer the phone and take the order himself. Always appreciate a family owned and operated business!!! My sympathy to his family.

  • John Lazarek

    I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Ed Sueta Sr.
    I first met Ed in 1997 when I attended one of his recorder workshops. He was very nice, generous and helpful. I also took a summer band directors course with him at Villanova University when I started working on my Masters Degree which was fantastic !!!
    I would continue to see him over the years at some of his other workshops and he was always very kind, insightful, and a lot of fun.
    He was a great man, musician, and music educator, and will be missed by all.

  • Carla Jones

    I have been ordering recorders from your company for many years and attended wonderful workshops from Ed. Every time I call in to place an order, I can feel how family oriented this company is. Sometimes Ed has taken my order! I offer my sincere condolences to the Sueta family and friends. He will be missed.

  • Robert Magee

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Sueta personalIy. I was impressed that as I corresponded back and forth
    with the company, preparing to place my first order, the emails were all directly from the man himself. It was pretty cool getting emails from a music education legend. My deepest condolences on the loss.

    • Octavia A. Johnson

      I never met Mr. Sueta personally, but I will never forget the very first time I spoke with him via phone. I had taken a 6yr. break from teaching and was returning to teach in a Montessori school. Looking to try something a little different, I decided that I would try recorders. When I called to place my order, I was surprised that Mr. Sueta was the one who answered the phone. Although I was excited to begin recorders with my students, I was still a little afraid and had many questions. He was very encouraging and answered all the questions I had. I left that phone call feeling very empowered. I'm thankful Mr. Sueta took that time with me that day. Customer service like that comes from the heart and not the pocket. My thoughts and prayers to the Sueta family as you continue to celebrate his life and legacy.

  • Nancy L Fothergill

    Ed created a program that has inspired countless numbers of students to play the recorder and band instruments. I have used his program for most of my teaching career because of the motivation I have seen from my students. His genuine interest in the teachers he spoke with is a testament to the kind of person he was. I will forever miss our conversations and his warm sincerity. My condolences go out to his entire family. We are better because of Ed.

  • Sharon Carson

    Ed was a wonderful person and a dedicated musician who knew the power of music. My students loved his recorder curriculum. When I introduced the curriculum to a 4th grade at one of the schools in our district, my beginning band program tripled in size the next year. He had a passion for music that I can truly relate to. Ed will surely be missed, but know that he has touched many lives in a positive way.

  • Maryellen Shepley

    I am so sorry to hear the news about Ed's passing, I only just now read here about it. What a lovey man with so much life and energy. I had a chance to speak with him several times on the phone where we chatted about many things. He was so generous, lively, cheerful, and bursting with enthusiasm for music and life. May his spirit live on in all his books and accomplishments!

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