Chris Howard is the Junior High Band Director for the De Soto School District. He has been in this current teaching position for the last 5 years. At De Soto he teaches the Beginning Band and 8th Grade Symphonic Band as well as assisting with the High School Marching Band and Symphonic Band. Chris currently performs with The MOBB ( The Missouri Big Band) at many events throughout the year. Chris has also performed in at least 16 of the Annual Baby Boomer Concerts over many years. Chris has had the opportunity to perform with and learn from many great musicians, from Jazz Greats to Popular Recording Artists.
Junior High Band Director - De Soto School District 2016-Present
Beginning and Intermediate Bands as well as Assisting with HS Marching and Symphonic Bands.
Elementary Music - De Soto School District 2010-2016
K-6 Music Education
Mineral Area College 2005-2010
Applied Jazz Guitar Instruction, Jazz Combos, Jazz Ensemble, and General Guitar Class Levels 1 and 2.
Freelance Musician 2005-Present
Toured professionally with various bands and Jazz Combos whenever the opportunity.
Bachelor in Music Performance for Jazz Guitar - SIUE 2005
Bachelors in Music Education - MoBap 2012
Primary performance focus is in Jazz Guitar. This applies to Big Band, Jazz Combos, Solo Jazz Work, Fusion Jazz, and Funk.