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Howard Cespedes


Prior to moving to Pittsburgh in 2022, Howard was a highly sought after performer and music educator for 25+ years throughout the SF Bay Area.  Howard taught privately at music studios in South San Francisco and San Jose, and provided woodwind instruction at several elementary, middle, and high schools in the Bay Area.  He received a BM in music performance from CSU-Los Angeles. 

Howard has performed with Patti Austin, Louis Bellson, California Pops Orch, Pete Escovedo, Jon Faddis, Clare Fisher, Four Tops, Josh Grobin, Roger Kellaway, Gladys Knight, Patti Lupone, Johnny Mathis, O’Jays, Pacific Mambo Orch, Linda Ronstadt, Santa Cruz Symphony, Bobby Short, Temptations, and many others.  Howard has written numerous works for jazz orchestra that have been performed at jazz festivals of Montreux, Vienne, Umbria, Kyoto, San Jose, Monterey, and the Hollywood Bowl.

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