Dr. Hufft was a professor in the Music Department at California State University Fresno, and yesterday, Dr. Saúl Jimenez-Sandval, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State, issued the following statement upon learning of the death of Dr. Hufft.
“Dr. Hufft joined the Fresno State faculty in 2004 and was one of the lead developers of Fresno State’s online jazz and rock course. I had the singular honor of meeting Brad, and he indeed was a special and kind person — dedicated to his students and art. His legacy will live on in the countless students he touched with his love of music, and in his distinct way of interpreting human emotions and the meaning of life through his own musical compositions.”
According to the Fresno State’s faculty directory, Dr. Hufft had owned several companies, including a multi-location restaurant corporation, has been a record producer, done band management, toured with a rock band, recorded two albums, and had his art music performed across Europe and the United States.
He was the co-author of Listen to the Music: Styles and Trends in American Pop, now in its 17th edition. During his time at Fresno State, he had been one of the principle developers of the school’s online jazz and rock course.
Brad had recently been producing a second CD for TriOblique, a progressive ensemble of harp, theremin, and percussion. The CD includes arrangements from groups such as Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd. TriOblique also performed in a concert produced by Brad featuring Herman Rarebell, former drummer of the Scorpions and composer of such hits as “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” He had also been composing several commissioned works, editing video of his European tour of 2015, and providing management for the American Harp Quartet.
Dr. Hufft, who was 59, was found deceased inside his vehicle on Apr. 13, off an embankment on Werney Road, north of Road 415 near Coarsegold. He has been reported missing the day before. The cause of the traffic accident is under investigation. The cause of Dr. Hufft’s death is pending a medical exam by the Madera County Coroner’s Office.