Alli Howard earned her Bachelors degree in Music Education in 1999 from the University of Arizona, studying saxophone with Michael Hester and Kelland Thomas. During her undergraduate degree studies she performed in the Wind Symphony, was the Drum Major of the Pride of Arizona Marching Band, played in the saxophone choir, and sang in the Pride of Arizona quartet. In 2004 Howard earned a Masters degree in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Arizona. She was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the band department.
As Interim Associate Director of Bands / Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Arizona, Howard was the Director of the Pride of Arizona Marching Band and Pep Bands, was a conductor for the Wind Symphony, taught various music education courses and the Marching Band Leadership course. She was also the chapter sponsor for Tau Beta Sigma.
Before her appointment to the University of Arizona, Howard served as the Director of Bands and the Fine Arts Department head at Rio Rico High School, and also as the Band Coordinator for the Santa Cruz Valley School District in Rio Rico, AZ. In her six years at Rio Rico High School, Howard taught symphonic band, jazz band, marching band, music theory, percussion class, color guard class, and sponsored the school Tri-M chapter. Under her direction, the Rio Rico band program grew from 55 students to 75 students, the RRHS Winter Guard was created, the Rio Rico Jazz Ensemble earned the Judges Most Outstanding Award at the 2012 Highland Jazz Festival, and the Rio Rico Marching Hawks represented Arizona in the 2007 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. The Rio Rico bands consistently earned ratings of Excellent and Superior at festivals. In 2012 Howard earned the Santa Cruz Valley School District Teacher of the Year Award.
During her seventeen years of public school teaching, Howard has also been a guest conductor and adjudicator for bands around the state of Arizona. She was an active member of AMEA (Arizona Music Education Association), serving for four years as the South-Central Region Solo & Ensemble chair, and briefly as AMEA Member-at-Large. She was also a clinician and adjudicator for ABODA (Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association).
Ms. Howard is currently the Director of Bands at Freedom High School. She has taught public school band and orchestra in Florida for three years, and is currently an active member of FMEA (Florida Music Education Association). She performs with the Fanfare Concert Winds in Tampa on baritone saxophone.