Howard is a West Seneca Native who started on accordion at age 7. Following the discovery of electricity, he adopted the electric piano as "much cooler". Howard played in wedding and party bands and learned organ and synth techniques as time went on. While livng in Syracuse, he performed with THE TECHNIQUES, SATYR, MIDNIGHT and FLASHPOINT in clubs and the regional "hotel circuit". Returning to western New York, in 1986, he played with LITTLE LEON and the NEONS, a season with AMERICAN GRAFFITI, THE OTHER BAND, SPARE PARTS BAND, THE STEVE TAYLOR BAND, THE 10TH PROJECT, ILLUSIONS and of course KROSSFIRE