Thursday, May 14, 1984
COL. HOWARD NOW DOCTOR OF MUSIC,
Col George S. Howard, USAF (Ret), a native of Reamstown, PA, has added another laurel to his extensive collection - the honorary degree of Doctor of Music, conferred on him earlier this month by his alma mater, Ithaca College of New York.
The 81-year-old founder of the U.S. Air Force Band graduated from, what was then known as the Conway Band School at the Ithaca Conservatory in 1925.
According to the citation accompanying the degree, "Your commitment to education and to music, as well as your many distinguished accomplishments, are a source of great pride to your alma mater."
Last month, he was special guest conductor for the noted USAF Band, which he formed in 1943 as the Army Air Force Band at the request of General "Hap" Arnold.
Prior to that time, he had built up a solid musical background as a director and instructor.
A 1921 graduate of the former Reamstown High School, Col. Howard earned a degree in music from Ohio Wesleyan University and taught at that school for four years following graduation from Ithaca.
In following years, until he joined the special services division. of the U.S. Army in 1942, he was director of music and bands in the Mooseheart, Ill., school system; director of the Ernest Williams School of Music in Brooklyn, NY; director of instrumental music and bands at Mansfield State Teachers College; and director of band, orchestra and chorus school at the Pennsylvania State University.
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