On the Band:
Arnett Howard (born
September 6 1950): musician, broadcaster, journalist, historian,
traveler, communications consultant, teacher, pilot, scuba diver, skier,
confessed women's basketball addict, married to job; former leader of
Arnett Howard's Creole Funk Band.
Claim to fame: Since 1985 has performed over five thousand concerts to a variety of audiences in Central Ohio and throughout the world. Is an active community servant and official ambassador of Columbus, Ohio, enjoys a fresh adventure each day and is musical historian to Columbus (co-authored Listen For the Jazz: Keynotes in Columbus History) and Ohio. Has recorded numerous compact discs and tape recordings; Arnett Howard's Creole Funk Band, 1987, Live at Victory's, 1988, Lancaster Festival Live 1989, Ten For Ten, 1994, Arnett Howard's Rocket '88s, 1996, Kidding Around, 1997, Joyful Music, Generous Spirit, 2001, Extended Family, 2002, Final Funk, 2003, Fiyah on the Bayou, 2003, I'm a Walkin', Talkin' Pair of Pants, 2003, Elijah's Wooden Book, 2003, Welcome to the Lancaster Festival 2005, Arnett Howard Christmas 2005.
Background: Born in Welch, West Virginia, raised in Plain City, Ohio, educated at Jonathan Alder High School, Capital University (Class of 1999) and Leadership Columbus. Began as a professional musician in 1967, has done every kind of job from acting, nursing services, custodial, lawn care expert, taught developmentally disabled, auto mechanic, brokered printing services, radio and television announcer, producer for ACTV 21, composer (numerous recordings, compact discs and the famed NBC 4 promo "Football Friday Night").