Douglas Howard, percussion

Douglas Howard is the principal percussionist and assistant timpanist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He is also an adjunct professor of percussion at Southern Methodist University and a founding member of D'Drum, a world music ensemble.

After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1970, Mr. Howard spent four years as timpanist and percussionist with the U.S. Air Force Concert Band in Washington, D.C. He earned a Master of Music degree from Catholic University in 1973. Before joining the Dallas Symphony in 1975, Mr. Howard served one season as principal percussionist of The Louisville Orchestra.

A fellowship student of Charles Owen at the Aspen Music School in 1974, Mr. Howard was invited to join the school's faculty in 1982. He serves as principal percussionist of the Aspen Festival Orchestra and has performed as timpanist with both the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Aspen Chamber Symphony.

Mr. Howard became the principal percussionist of the Peninsula Music Festival orchestra in Door County, Wisconsin in 1986. He has appeared as a marimba soloist with that orchestra in 1991 and again in the 1999 season.

Mr. Howard has been a frequent clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and was a member of the PAS Board of Directors for six years. In addition, he was the subject of a cover story feature in Modern Percussionist magazine. He has previously served on the faculty of both the Oberlin Percussion Institute and the Ludwig International Percussion Symposium. Mr. Howard has recorded extensively with the Dallas Symphony for Angel-EMI, RCA, Delos, Dorian, Pro Arte, Hyperion and Telarc, and with the Louisville Orchestra on First Edition Records.

His other teachers include Alan Abel, Tony Ames, Cloyd Duff, and Michael Combs.

August Symphony Series performance location

Door Community Auditorium - Fish Creek 

The Peninsula Music Festival - 10347 Highway 42

Unit B Green Gables Shops 

P.O. Box 340, Ephraim, Wisconsin  54211


Phone: (920) 854-4060