Colts Welcome Back Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein

September 6, 2016

Returning for his second year with the Colts is Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein. Howard has a long history in the drum corps activity, having experience as a program coordinator, corps director, and instructor, with his two most recent DCI stops being with the Boston Crusaders (1999-2007) and the Blue Stars (2009-2011). Additionally, he has been a music educator for the past 29 years. He works with many high school programs in Florida and Georgia including Tarpon Springs, and Timber Creek High School in Orlando.

"I am ecstatic to begin season two with Howard," said Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane. "Throughout this past year of working together, we have discovered how perfectly matched we are in terms of philosophies, standards and approach. The fit is a dream and will help us build a stronger organization moving forward. His passion, detail, leadership, and professionalism are beyond words. I'm most excited for our students, who gain so much from his instruction."

Howard is excited to begin building on the momentum of the 2016 Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, while also bringing in a more defined student leadership structure and education, additional designers and technicians, and new ideas for the 2017 season.

"I truly enjoyed my first year with the Colts, not only developing relationships within the organization, but learning how and where to expand the organization to the next level from a programmatic standpoint," said Howard. "I started working on the 2017 program and framework long before this year's season ended, as I have that much passion and drive to grow the Colts to the next level. I am excited to use my thirty plus years of drum corps experience, coupled with a strong study of the current direction of the activity, to move the corps into an even stronger level of performance, while maintaining the member experience that the Colts provide for their students."

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Howard has a long history of education, leadership and achievement. He holds a degree in music education from the University of Central Florida, and has been a music educator for the past 29 years. He currently designs for and instructs multiple college and high school programs throughout the country. Weinstein's presence in the Drum Corps International community includes director, program coordinator, as well as instructor with decades of success and accomplishments within the activity. Howard's most recent experience in the drum corps activity includes multiple years as program coordinator and corps director for the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (1999-2007), corps director for the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps (2009-2011), and then he took on the program coordination role at the Colts in 2016. Howard served as a member of the DCI Board of Directors for many years, participating on the executive committee, as well as serving as chairman in 2007.

His experience includes middle school, high school and collegiate level instruction and leadership. He has served as an adjudicator throughout the country for multiple circuits in the areas of symphonic, jazz and marching ensembles. As a high school band director in schools throughout Florida and Georgia, his band programs were superior rated at both the district and state levels. Howard remains active as a guest clinician, consultant and adjudicator. He also teaches leadership to both faculties and student leadership programs in multiple school districts.

Howard is currently the program coordinator for both Dawson High School in Dawson, Texas as well as Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Florida. He is currently on the faculty for the Tarpon Springs High School Leadership Conservatory for the Arts  a magnet program offering a leadership curriculum for students pursuing excellence in the performing arts. Tarpon Springs has been a consistent finalist at the Bands of America championships since 1997, and was named Grand National Champions at the 2014 BOA championships in Indianapolis.

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