Drummer and percussionist with Mr. Wilson’s Second Liners. He also arranges some of the bands tunes.
Howard is a multi-instrumental session musician, composer and collaborator.
He undertook prestigious training at The Royal College of Music and Royal Northern College of Music, and continued his professional development in Havana and Matanzas with many of Cuba’s greatest percussionists and singers.
Whilst Howard began touring as a session percussionist, he also pursued a classical music career on clarinet and saxophone; touring internationally with the Chinook Clarinet Quartet, the Cornelius Cardew Ensemble and performing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Manchester Camerata.
This diversity of skill, experience and approach to process, as well as his intuitive instinct and striking performance style, makes him a sought-after collaborator for many musicians, artists, theatre and filmmakers.
He has played in some of the world’s leading venues, including Lincoln Centre New York, Ronnie Scott’s, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Wigmore Hall, St John Smith Square, and Royal Albert Hall.
He has performed live with Paddy Steers Homelife, Lotus Pedals, Graham Massey’s Toolshed, RSL, Nobodies, 52 Skidoo, The Nightcreatures, Creak, No Good Beatniks and is co-director of Cuban big band, Orquesta Timbala.
Notably, he collaborated with New York’s Mingus Big Band, arranging Charles Mingus’ work by special permission of Sue Mingus, Charles’ wife.
Collaborating with theatre companies, Howard adapts to the scale of the work, creating bespoke pallettes of sound for companies including Forkbeard Fantasy at the Royal Shakespeare Company and pyrotechnic spectacle mavericks, Les Commandos Percu.
Howard has collaborated with Manchester-based composer and producer, Mandy Wigby, as Architects of Rosslyn. They have created commissioned works for Delia Derbyshire Day, European City of Science, Bradford National Museum of Media, and Blue Dot Festival. Howard has recorded with Thea Gilmore and as drummer on a new album by Lee Southall of The Coral called Iron in the Fire.
Howard has recently been performing with 808STATE, Architects of Rosslyn and Phil France of The Cinematic Orchestra , whilst also working in the studio with both 808STATE and Beth Gibbons of Portishead.