South Central District

Howren Scholarship


John B. Howren was born in St. Louis. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin and earned his Master's Degree from Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Wisconsin. He then migrated South to later become Professor of Music at both Belmont Abbey and Sacred Heart Colleges. He also was director of instrumental music in the Belmont Public Schools. While at Belmont, his bands and chorus ensembles won state and national superior honors. From 1942 to 1947, Mr. Howren was supervisor for the formation of United Services Organization Clubs. He later became the regional supervisor for USO, acting as intermediary between the military and local civilians. Mr. Howren was retired president and owner of Howren Music Company. He started the business in 1950 on 6th Street in Charlotte, renting and selling music instruments to students and starting new band programs in the Carolinas. He developed a music aptitude test and applied it to fifth graders interested in learning to play an instrument. As a music educator, Mr. Howren was known as "The Music Man" among students and bandmasters. Before he entered the retail music industry, Mr. Howren played professionally for several years. He was a former member of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Howren had a rewarding life. He will forever be known as an educator, musician, businessman, husband and loving father.

 

The Howren Scholarship is awarded to a member of the South Central District Honors Band and is a tution contribution to the summer music camp of the student's choosing.


Howren Scholarship Winners

2019
Luke McCormick - South Point High School

2018
Lathan Birmingham - Stuart W. Cramer High School

2017
Ashely Davis - Sun Valley High School

2016
Ernest "E. J." Collins - Union Academy

2015
Christian Chavez - Central Academy of Technology & Arts

2014
Kyle Johnson - Central Academy of Technology & Arts

2013
John Martin - Providence High School

2012
Daniel Kane - Butler High School

2011
Chris Page - Sun Valley High School

2010
Ben Keoseyan - Sun Valley High School

2009
Tim Singh - Porter Ridge High School

2008
Beth Gatlin - North Gaston High School

2007
Michael Wells - South Point High School

2006
Chris Fain - Butler High School

2005
Becky Fain - Butler High School

2004
Lucas Hulett - Independence High School

2003
Christopher Page - Cherryville High School

2002
Sarah F. Elkins - East Mecklenburg High School

2001
Symphone Horne - Spaugh Middle School

2000
Christian Melendez - Hunter Huss High School

1999
Andrew Gilbert - Concord High School

1998
Kenyatta Surratt - Ashbrook High School

1997
Joseph Brown - Ashbrook High School

1996
Joe Page - Kings Mountain High School

1995
Ricky Collins - Cherryville High School

1994
Kimberly D. Sparro - Kings Mountain High School

1993
Clara Mackey - North Gaston High School

1992
Heather White - South Point High School