School of Music

Faculty & Staff

Don Hower

Office: Kimbrough 243
School of Music
Washington State University
PO Box 645300
Pullman, WA 99164-5300
Phone: (509) 335-4545
FAX: (509) 335-4245
Email: howerde@wsu.edu

Don Hower

Clinical Assistant Professor of Music
Cougar Marching Band

Donald Hower is a native of Annville, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Ohio State University and a Masters degree from Temple University with additional Graduate study at Ohio State University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Kansas.

His teaching experience includes three years as Trombone Instructor and Assistant Director of the Marching Band at Ohio State University, thirteen years as Director of Bands at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA and five years as Brass Instructor and Director of Instrumental Ensembles at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

Mr. Hower is currently in his thirteenth year at Washington State University. In addition to his trombone teaching duties, he also performs with the Faculty Brass quintet. He is Director of the Cougar Marching Band and Athletic Pep Bands.

As a trombonist, Mr. Hower has extensive professional experience. At the age of eighteen, he was selected for the United States Army Field Band in Washington, D.C., becoming one of the youngest performers ever selected for membership in this prestigious organization. He was the Principle Trombonist with the Columbus, Ohio Symphony Orchestra for six years as well as traveling with the Canadian Ballet Orchestra. His teachers include Mr. Henry Smith, former Principle Trombonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Mr. keith Brown, former Principal Trombonist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City. Mr. Hower has performed two Solo Recitals at WSU as well as a Solo Recital Tour in Kansas and Washington in the Spring of 1993. In addition, he appeared in a Recital tour through northern California in the spring of 1996. He has appeared on the Chamber Music Concert Series at Walla Walla College as a Trombone Recitalist. He is substitute trombonist with the Spokane Symphony and the Idaho-Washington Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his duties at Washington State University, Mr. Hower is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator in the Northwest. Most recently, he was invited to adjudicate the District 3 Marching Band Festival in Boise, Idaho and the World Association of Marching Show Bands competition in Calgary, Canada, and event sponsored by the Calgary Stampede. He is also a regular adjudicator at the Washington State Solo/Ensemble Festival.

Under Mr. Hower's leadership, the Cougar Marching Band at Washington State University has grown from a membership of 65 students in 1991 to 220 students in 2003. During Hower's thirteen years a Washington State University, the Cougar Marching Band has developed a unique sound that has been highly acclaimed throughout the North West. During his tenure at WSU, Cougar Marching Bands have appeared at the Copper Bowl in Tucson, Arizona; the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas; the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas; and twice at the famed Rose Bowl.


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