BWCA board member
Howard Richards, has been a music educator and performing artist in northern Michigan for 35 years. Born and raised in Chicago, Howard began his musical studies at age 5 and found his way to Tucson where he attended the University of Arizona. He pursued jazz studies under Michael Greco, veteran of the Woody Herman Orchestra. Upon moving to Michigan, he continued his studies at Bay View Conservatory. Howard pursued his graduate studies at the U of A in 1997 studying music history and pipe organ performance under Dr. Roy Johnson. His composition, “Waltz in the Park” received an award in the 2008 Billboard World Song Contest and is featured in film and television worldwide. His original music can be seen on YouTube and his trio and jazz ensembles have performed nationwide.