Richard Howenstine, an Alliance, Ohio, native, has been playing music since he was six years old. His parents were both string players and performed in several orchestras in northeast Ohio for many years. A piano student in first grade, Howenstine found his passion when he picked up the trombone at age 10. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music and returned to northeast Ohio and earned his master’s degree in low brass specialty at Youngstown State University, Dana School of Music.
His teachers include Merritt Dittert of the Cleveland Orchestra, Ernest N. Glover and Paul Piller of the Cincinnati Symphony, and Vern Kagarice, formerly at Youngstown State University, Howenstine was appointed Principal Trombone for Columbus Symphony Orchestra in 1974. He has also performed with the Youngstown Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Lakeside Summer Symphony, and Lancaster Festival Orchestras. Between 1974 and 1996 he served as the Low Brass Instructor at Ohio State University, Capital University, Otterbein University, and Mt. Vernon Nazarene University.
Howenstine and his wife, Janice, enjoy spending time with their two children and three grandchildren who all live locally. They also enjoy doing family genealogy and Civil War history research together. The couple raises ponies and have an extensive vegetable garden.