Giff Howarth

Dr. Gifford Howarth has presented clinics and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. He has presented at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, dozens of MENC All-State Conferences, several PAS Day of Percussion events, and at different Universities throughout the world. The focus for most of his sessions are geared around percussion education. He is known as a mallet percussion specialist with a method book published through Tap Space Publications (, a series of signature marimba mallets through the Vic Firth Company ( and several solo mallet arrangements.

Dr. Howarth recently received his DMA degree from Michigan State University, in East Lansing, MI. His Bachelors degree is from Ithaca College, his Masters is from Kent State University, and as a percussionist, he had the privilege to study with Gordon Stout, Ted Rounds, and Bill Molenof.

Currently Dr. Howarth is Associate Professor of Music at Bloomsburg University located in Bloomsburg, PA. He is also an Instructor of Percusssion 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 is a National Yamaha Performing Artist, a Signature Artist for the Vic Firth Company, and a clinician for the Zildjian Cymbal Company and Remo Drumheads