They say if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. But
before percussionist Howie Joines took New York City by the horns,
he had to make it past retired music professor Sherman Hong, who
directed the percussion studio at Southern Miss for more than 26
years and taught music education courses and coordinated music student
Joines’ mentor from The University of Southern
Mississippi recently caught up with his former student in the Big
Apple, where the 1980 music education and Honors College graduate
has been an active performer, conductor and music contractor for
Broadway and off-Broadway shows in New York City and the surrounding
“I learned how to perform musically at USM,
and that helped me prepare for conducting Broadway shows and singers,”
Additionally, he has been active as a drummer/percussionist
for recordings, Broadway soundtracks, touring Pop artists—Marvin
Hamlisch, Whitney Houston, Ann-Margaret, and Pattie Lapone—and
In 2000, Joines began contracting orchestras for Broadway
and other productions. His Broadway successes in recent years include
serving as music coordinator for the current show, Dirty Rotten
Scoundrels, and orchestra conductor for Miss Saigon, The Full Monty,
and Jesus Christ Superstar.
In addition to Broadway, Joines also has conducted
for Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular.
He has recorded with Pop stars Celine Dion and Jewel,
along with television recordings for the 1999 MTV Music Video Awards,
the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Sesame Street.
After leaving Southern Miss in 1980, Joines received
a teaching assistantship at the prestigious Eastman School of Music,
where he taught undergraduate students and the Eastman Percussion
Ensemble. He completed both the Master of Music and the coveted
Performer’s Certificate from Eastman.
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