Howren Scholarship

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

 

2020

Payton Huffman - Cherryville High School

 

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

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