Howard is a multi-instrumentalist with exeptionally diverse experience in live and recorded music, improvising and experimentation also collaborating within theatre, circus and dance.
After studying at The Royal College of Music and The Royal Northern College of Music Howard went on to study Carnival, Rumba, Popular and Folkloric music in Cuba with Conjunto de Clave y Guaguanco, Oba Werimele, Los Componedores de Batea, Afro-Cuba de Matanzas, Ire Otonawa, Iros Obba, Yoruba Andabo and Justo Pelladito of Afro-America
He co-directed and arranged for Orquesta Timbala’s formidable 30 piece mozambique big band and also for the timba group Mojito.
Howard has played drums/percussion/clarinet/saxophone/bass for experimental bands such as Homelife, Toolshed, Lotus Pedals, RSL,The Nobodies but also for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Cornelius Cardew Ensemble and notably in New York with the Chinook Clarinet Quartet.
He has on-going collaborative relationships with Forkbeard Fantasy Theatre Company and Stumble danceCircus, teaches at Leeds College of Music and is currently playing with the spectacular french drumming/fireworks group, Les Commandos Percu.