Instructor of Music, College of Creative Arts
Drew Howard is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist with more than 35 years of stage, session, and music production experience. He is versed as a sideman and leader in multiple and wide-ranging genres such as blues, country and western, klezmer, vaudeville, rock, Celtic, and Hawaiian. Drew performs on a variety of stringed instruments, chief among them the electric and acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, straight steel and dobro, with performances ranging across the U.S. and Western Europe, from Alaska to Amsterdam, Copenhagen to Chicago, New York to New Orleans and beyond. Drew has performed with notables such as Bo Diddley, Dale Watson, Tom Paxton, Savoy Cajun Family Band, and more. In 2010, Drew was honored with a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Instrumentalist, and was nominated again in 2014.
Stage productions include Always Patsy and Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Production and sideman session experience includes over 100 CDs and records along with national TV and radio ad campaigns for major brands such as Meijer, Auto Owners, Budweiser, Ford, Michelin, Chevrolet, Food Network, Pella, Farm Bureau, and others. Drew is on the Wheatland June Music Camp faculty and MSU faculty and offers guitar instruction at MSU Community Music School. Additionally, Drew teaches dobro and banjo as a member of the Elderly Instruments faculty. He is an alumnus of Herb David Guitar Studio and Marshall Music. Published by BMG. Member of the Earthwork Music collective.