Founding Music Director & Conductor, Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band
Howard Green brings over 50 years of professional music experience as a Conductor, Clarinetist, and Saxophonist to the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band. He is a former student of Chicago Symphony members Walter Wollwage and Jerome Stowell, and Caspar Boghosian. After completing his degree in Clarinet from Roosevelt University in 1975, he became principal clarinet for the U.S. Air Force Band at Chanute Air Force Base, IL.
Since leaving the Air Force in 1979, Mr. Green has been principal clarinet and concertmaster in numerous ensembles, including the Chicago Symphonic Concert Band, the Arlington Heights Community Band, and the Mount Prospect Community Band (where he had also served as the Associate Conductor), as well as performing as a principal and guest conductor and freelance clarinetist in recitals, clubs, and community events.
Currently Mr. Green can be heard as principal clarinet of the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and as a member of the Lake County Chamber Players. He is also a successful private teacher of clarinet and saxophone, his students having taken top honors in both Chicago and state Solo and Ensemble competitions since 1974.
In addition to having founded the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band in 2001, Mr. Green has been the Music Director of the Chicago Shores Concert Band in Chicago, and has conducted numerous concerts with that organization in recent years.
In addition to his musical career, Howard holds a Masters' Degree in Information Systems, is a Certified Project Management Professional, and is a Senior Project Manager Consulting in the Greater Chicago Area and a retired member of the adjunct Information Systems faculty at Oakton Community College. He has resided in Buffalo Grove since 1986 with his wife, Shari (the BGSB’s Timpanist).