From rural SE Washington, Howland is a guitarist, composer, arranger, songwriter, educator, and private instructor. He teaches jazz and classical guitar and co-directs the annual PLU Guitar Festival at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. He has taught ear training and jazz history. He gives clinics at universities, colleges, guitar societies, and private venues. He teaches privately at Seattle’s Rosewood Guitar. He is passionate about original music, often playing with some of his favorite musicians in the Seattle Jazz scene. He has played with Melyssa Stone, Clipper Anderson, Mark Ivester, Nate Omdal, Marco De Carvalho, Gordy Ryan, Adam Kessler, Jason Parker, Courtney Fortune, among others. He has been featured on recordings and large scale CD releases as a writer and studio guitarist for independent artists and bands, including the Seattle based rock band Motopony. As a respected classical guitarist, he performs solo and in a variety of ensembles. He has highly awarded undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral degrees from U of I and ASU. He often performs original arrangements, including many of his adaptions of piano pieces by Albéniz, Bach, MacDowell, Mozart, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, and Turina. He has published numerous online sound recordings and video recordings.. He has played countless Northwest venues including Anthony’s Homeport, Arts West, Bell Harbor Ballroom, Bitters Cafe, Bright Water Skinner Theater, Canlis, Captain Whidbey Inn, Center For Spiritual Living, Chapel of St. Ignatius, Chateau St. Michelle, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Dragonfly Retreat, Edgewater Hotel, Eliot Bay Yacht Club, Everett Arboretum, Everett Manor, Frye Art Museum, Hyatt Bellevue, Illahee Manor, Lagerquist Concert Hall, Lake Union Crew Boathouse, Mary Baker Russell amphitheater, Marymore Park Mansion, May Flower Plaza Hotel, Montevilla Farmhouse, Mountain Home Lodge, Mount Baker Community Club, Museum of Flight, Mukilteo Presbyterian Church, Olympic Sculpture Park, Pacific Place Center, Palisades, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Pravda Studios, Ray’s Boathouse, Saint Cecilia Catholic Church, Salty’s on Alki, Salish Lodge, Scriber Gardens, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian-Art Museum, Seattle Mennonite Church, Seattle University, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Skansonia, Sodo Park, Sorrento Hotel, Suncadia Resort, Suquamish Longhouse, Sylvan Grove Theater, Tacoma Bible Presbyterian Church, The Acorn, University Plaza Hotel, Washington Athletic Club, Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Willows Lodge, Woodland Park United Methodist Church, University of Washington Faculty Club, UW Grieg Garden, Washington Care Center, Woodland Park Zoo, and many others.