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Colbert Page Howell, Jr.  Music Director

Colbert Page Howell, Jr. has served on the Vero Beach High School Faculty since the fall of 2006 when he was appointed Associate Director of Bands. In July of 2016, he became the Director of Bands at VBHS. Howell’s duties at Vero Beach include team - teaching the symphonic bands, Fighting Indians Marching Band, and jazz bands, and conducting the Chamber Winds. Mr. Howell also administrates the entire band program and serves as chair of the VBHS Performing Arts Department. Ensembles under his direction have received consistent superior ratings and have performed at the Florida Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, the National Band and Orchestra Festival in Carnegie Hall, the University of South Carolina Band Clinic, the Music for All National Concert Band Festival, the University of Florida Band Invitational, the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl, and the London New Year’s Day Parade. The VBHS Band was awarded the National Band Association Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence for the Southern Division in 2017. In addition to his duties at Vero Beach High School, Mr. Howell currently serves as conductor and music director of the Vero Beach Chamber Orchestra and is the founder and conductor of the Treasure Coast Wind Ensemble. Mr. Howell served as the Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Indian River State College from 2012 until 2017. Prior to Vero Beach, Mr. Howell taught middle school band in North Carolina.

Mr. Howell earned his BM in Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he studied conducting with John Locke and Clarinet with Kelly Burke. He earned the Master of Music Degree from Louisiana State University where he studied conducting and wind literature with Frank Wickes and Music Education with James Byo and Evelyn Orman. 

From 1999 until 2012 Howell served as a rehearsal assistant, musicianship class instructor, and conductor at the UNCG Summer Music Camp. In 2012 he was inducted into the UNCG Summer Music Camp Staff Hall of Fame. Mr. Howell is a certified adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters Association and has presented clinics and written articles on chamber wind literature, band intonation, and the Yamaha Harmony Director. From 2008 until 2013, Howell served as Chairman of District 13 of the Florida Bandmasters Association and was a member of the Executive Board. He has served as a member of the FBA Solo and Ensemble Music committee. In 2015 and 2017, Mr. Howell received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence Award. In 2017 he was one of the first recipients of the FBA Andrew Jack Crew Award. He is a member of NAFME, FMEA, FBA, NBA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Mr. Howell currently resides in Vero Beach.

Previous Performances & Repertoire


Season 15:  

Concert No 1 March 12, 2023

Overture to Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner

Symphony No. 94 in G Major by Joseph Haydn

Concert No 2. April 23, 2023

Overture to the Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini Concerto for oboe and strings by Dominica Cimarosa

Oboe Soloist: Dr. Sara Luciani

Symphony No. 1 in D Major Franz Schubert

Season 14:

Concert No 1 March 13 , 2022 

Rachmaninov  Piano concerto No 2.  (Concerto cancelled, artist ill)

Symphony No 4 in Bb Major OP 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Concert No 2, April 24, 2022

Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor OP 37 , by Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No 7 in A Major, OP 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Season 13:

Cancelled due to Pandemic

Season 12:

Cancelled due to Pandemic

Season 11:

Concert No. 1: Sunday, February 24th 2019, at 2:00pm 
Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave) by Mendelssohn
The Unanswered Question by Ives
Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”, Ludwig van Beethoven

Concert No. 2: Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 2:00pm
Overture to “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” by Mendelssohn
Water Music Suite No. 2 & Suite No. 3 by Handel
Symphony No. 1 in C# Major, Op 21, Ludwig van Beethoven

Season 10:

Concert 1: Sunday February 25, 2018, 2:00PM
Overture of Fidelio, Ludwig van ​Beethoven
Georges Hue: Fantaisie for Flute and Orchestra, featuring soloist Judi Lampert
Symphony No. 1 "Spring", Robert Schumann

Concert 2: ​​Sunday April 15, 2018, 2:00PM
Pavane, Op.50, Gabriel ​Fauré:  
Piano Concerto No. 2, Camille Saint-Saens:

Dr. Marcos Daniel Flores, Pianist
Symphony No. 1, in C minor, OP 11, Felix Mendelssohn

Season 9:

Concert 1: February 26, 2017, 2:00PM
Symphony No. 5 in D Major/ D Minor, "Reformation" Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 5, B-flat Major, D485, Franz Schubert

Concert 2: April 9, 2017, 2:00PM
Symphony No. 2, Op 132, "Mysterious Mountain",  Alan Hovhaness
Symphony No. 1, E-flat Major, Op. 82, Jean Sibelius

Season 8:

Concert 1, Mostly Mozart: February 28, 2016 at 2 PM
Overture to the Abduction from the Seraglio, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
Overture to the Magic Flute, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Concerto #3 in G Major, K216, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Maestro Matthew Stott, Violin
Symphony No. 39 in Eb Major, K543, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concert 2, French Impressions: April 17, 2016 at 2 PM
Introduction to Act 1 of Faust, Charles-Fransois Gounod
Masques et Bergamasques, Suite, Op 112, Gabriel Fauré
Les préludes, S.97, Franz Liszt 

Season 7:

Concert 1: March 15, 2015 at 2 PM
Pellas et Melisande, Gabriel Faure
Symphony No 3, in A minor, Op 56, Felix Mendelssohn

Concert 2: April 19, 2015 at 2 PM
Peer Gynt Suite #1, Edvard Grieg
Piano Concerto in A minor, Edvard Grieg

Jacob Craig, Pianist

Season 6:

Concert 1: March 16, 2014 at 2 PM
Orchestral Suite #3,  Johann Sebastian Bach
Symphony No. 6, in F major, Op 68 "Pastorale"  Ludwig van Beethoven

Concert 2: April 13, 2014 at 2 PM
Old Wine in New Bottles for Winds Gordon Jacobs
Pavane por un Infante Dufante, Maurice Ravel
Symphony No.4 in Bb major, Op 60,  Ludwig van Beethoven 

Season 5:

Concert 1: March 3, 2013
Pavane, Op. 50, Gabriel Faure
St. Paul's Suite, Gustav Holst
Symphony 100 "Military" Joseph Haydn

Concert 2: April 21, 2013 at 7 PM
Impressario Overture, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major - Joseph Haydn

Joe Loehnis, Cellist
Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op 63.  Ludwig van Beethoven


Season 4:

Concert 1, February 26, 2012
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV 550, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 4 in B Flat Major (Op.60) Ludvig van Beethoven

Concert 2: April 15 ,2012
Symphony #41 in C Major, K 551 “Jupiter”, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony #4 in A Major, Op. 90, Italian, Felix Mendelssohn

Season 3:

Concert 1: Sunday, February 20, 2011
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opus 61, No. 1 Scherzo, Felix Mendelssohn
Psalm and Fugue, Opus 40a For String Orchestra, Alan Hovhanass
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Opus 36, Ludwig van Beethoven


Concert 2: April 17, 2011
Piano Concerto 21, in C Major, KV 467, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-
Michèle Witt, Pianist
Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major, Opus 55 "Eroica" , Ludwig Van Beethoven

Season 2:

Concert 1: February 7, 2010
The Marriage of Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Romance, Johan Svendsen
Linda Spiwak, Violin, and Concertmaster
Romanian Folk Dances, Bela Bartok
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op 92,  Ludwig van Beethoven

Concert 2: April 18, 2010
Italian In Algiers, Gioachino Rossini-   Classical Symphony
Wolfgang A. Mozart- Flute Concerto #1 (movt. 1)
Eric Willett, Flautist
Gounod- Symphony No. 1  Sergei Prokofiev

Season 1:

Concert 1: February 1, 2009
Hebrides Overture, Felix Mendelssohn-
Pavane, Gabriel Faure-
Symphony No. 1 in C Major Op 21, Ludwig van Beethoven-

Concert 2: May 3, 2009
Fantasia on Greensleeves, Ralph Vaughn Williams-
Symphony No. 104 in D Major, "London" Joseph Haydn

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