Colonel George S. Howard


Induction: February 6, 1982

Colonel George S. Howard served as commander and conductor of The United States Air Force Band
between 1944 and 1963. He was a student of Patrick Conway at the Ithaca Conservatory of Music and played clarinet in Conway's professional band. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and taught at the Ohio Wesleyan University, and later at Penn State University. In 1942, Howard was commissioned into the Army Specialist Corps, and in 1947 his reputation as a conductor led to a commission as leader of the newly formed Air Force Band. Howard was elected president of the American Bandmasters Association in 1956, and became an honorary life Member in 1984. He served as honorary life president from 1986 until his death in 1995.