Gifford Howarth

Dr. Gifford Howarth is currently Associate Professor of Percussion at Bloomsburg University located in Bloomsburg, PA. He is also an Instructor of Percussion at Penn State University in State College, PA. His previous teaching duties included teaching at Michigan State University and Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.

Dr. Howarth received his DMA degree from Michigan State University, his Masters from Kent State University, and his Bachelors degree from Ithaca College. He has presented clinics and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. These include teaching in Singapore, Thailand, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Malaysia. Also he has presented at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), several MENC All-State Conferences and PAS Day of Percussion events. The focus for most of the workshops is geared around percussion education.

Dr. Howarth is also heavily involved in different competitive marching activities. He has been on the percussion staffs for such drum corps as The Cadets and The Rochester Patriots; WGI ensembles Northcoast Academy and The Project along with several BOA level high school marching bands throughout the country. He is currently a national adjudicator for DCI, WGI, and BOA along with several state wide marching band and indoor percussion circuits.

Dr. Howarth is a National Yamaha Performing Artist, a Signature Artist for the Vic Firth Company, and a clinician for the Zildjian Cymbal Company and Evans Drumheads. He has several works published through Tapspace. 

The theme song to film “The Deer Hunter,” this tranquil adaptation for solo marimba uses one-handed rolls and a moving bass line in the opposite hand.
Duration: 3:46 | Level: Med-Advanced
This piece has found its way to the rosewood bars of the marimba in many different renditions. This new arrangement can stand alone as a solo, or feature a large ensemble of beginning-level accompaniment.
Duration: 5:50 | Level: Ensemble: Easy; Solo: Med-Advanced
4-mallet proficiency is an expected skill for all percussionists these days. In this popular method book by Gifford Howarth, learning to play with four mallets has never been so simple!
Level: Easy to Medium
Originally written for classical guitar by classical/romantic composer, Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853), these six caprices work as great etudes or solos for marimba. Transcribed by Gifford Howarth, Six Caprices will make a great addition to your marimba repertoire!
Duration: 1:10 to 2:00 each | Level: Medium