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Doug Howard

Adjunct Professor of Percussion

Douglas Howard is the Principal Percussionist and Assistant Timpanist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He has been an adjunct Professor of Percussion at SMU since 1977 and is a founding member of the percussion group D’Drum. After earning a B.S. in Music Education from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1970, Howard joined the United States Air Force Concert Band in Washington, D.C., where he played timpani and percussion for four years. While serving in the Air Force he earned the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the Catholic University of America. Upon completion of his military duties, Howard was a fellowship student at the 1974 Aspen Music Festival where he studied with retired Philadelphia Orchestra principal percussionist Charles Owen.

In 1974 Howard was appointed Principal Percussionist of the Louisville Orchestra where he played one season before accepting the position with the Dallas Symphony in 1975. In 1982 he was invited to join the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School where he spends five weeks teaching and performing each summer. He is also the Principal Percussionist for the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, Wis. each August.

In 2006 Howard received the Sabian Lifetime Achievement award at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He has presented clinics at PASIC on several occasions and is a former member of the PAS Board of Directors. He has also been on the faculty of the Oberlin Percussion Institute and the Ludwig International Percussion Symposium. Howard has toured Europe and Asia with the Dallas Symphony and has played multiple concerts with the orchestra in New York’s Carnegie Hall. He can be heard on numerous Dallas Symphony recordings on several different record labels including RCA, Angel-EMI, Telarc, Dorian, Delos and Pro Arte.

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