Promoted to full colonel in 1951, the Reamstown man led the Air Force Band in 10 international tours, performing in 50 countries on five continents, under the sponsorship of the U.S. State Department.
These tours were "among the most triumphant ever made by any musical organization, and the enthusiasm of the audiences and the good will created by the band, were without parallel at that point in history," according to an Air Force spokesman.
Col Howard retired from the Air Force in 1963 and was immediately sworn in as the director of the Metropolitan Police Band of Washington, D.C., in which post he served for 10 years.
During a 40-year span, Col Howard conducted more than 25,000 major concerts, was granted degrees by six different schools and universities and received a number of awards, including the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Commendation Medal with five clusters, France's Garde de la Republique Medal and Cambodia's Commander of the Order of Nonsaraphon.
Long-time president of the John Philip Sousa Memorial Foundation, Col Howard was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors in 1982.
He donated his collection of awards, letters, trophies, pictures and other memorabilia to the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley in that year.
Since 1974, he has lived with his wife, Sadako, at Air Force Village in San Antonio, Texas, a retirement complex for military officers.
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