Guitarist Greg Howard Passed Away, What happened? Cause of death Explained

 Guitarist Greg Howard Passed Away, What happened? Cause of death Explained

Musician/ Chapman Stick performer Greg Howard died. (Source: Facebook) 

Greg Howard’s death today marked a colossal loss for the Stick community. One of the most famous Stick players in the world, Greg was a member of the Dave Mathews band. keep reading this post to learn more about his passing and Greg Howard cause of death.

What happened to Guitarist Greg Howard?

Greg Howard’s demise news was officially announced on Stickist Forum by posting the following statement,

We regret to inform you that Greg Howard passed away on April 22, 2023, at his Charlottesville, Virginia, residence. Greg led a full and meaningful life. He was a dedicated friend and a committed family man.

Greg has fantastic musical talent. He was unquestionably the most important person in the Chapman Stick community and inspired and taught innumerable musicians all over the world.

His career was one of ongoing study and discovery, and he always felt compelled to impart what he had learned. Greg was surely one of a kind and will be sorely missed. Greg’s family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time.

Greg Howard cause of death

He was a pioneering solo musician, a team player, and a revered teacher of the instrument. Greg was unmatched in his promotion of the Stick and the Chapman family business, which is maybe equally significant.

He was willing to engage in any conversation on a variety of online forums, even occasional excellent fights if someone dared to challenge him to one. Of course, he could support his love of the Stick better than anybody else; he had the exquisite skill and in-depth knowledge of the instrument.

As per the official reports, it was confirmed that he passed away at his home. At this point, it is unknown precisely what led to his death apart from the confirmation of his death, and the exact cause of the death of Greg Howard was not released as well.

To learn more about Greg Howard’s death, we are attempting to get in touch with his friends and family. This section will be updated as soon as we learn any new information regarding the tragic event that brought many people to tears.

Who was Greg Howard?

Greg Howard, a Chapman Stick player residing in Charlottesville, Virginia, was born in 1964. Before joining Stick in 1985, Howard performed in local bands on saxophone and keyboards.

In 1987, Sticks and Stones, an early recording featuring guitarist Tim Reynolds, was made available on tape. Howard has collaborated with the Dave Matthews Band on two albums, Before These Crowded Streets (1998) and Remember Two Things (1993), as well as live performances.

LeRoi Moore, a saxophonist with the Dave Matthews Band, and he also worked together on numerous projects. The Greg Howard Band published the album Lift in 2000, including the Dutch musicians Jan van Olffen, Jan Wolfkamp, and Hubert Heeringa.

Musical Career

Greg learned the instrument through more than 2000 performances in front of a variety of audiences (jazz and rock festivals, concerts and clubs, college music series, live radio concerts, and street performances), as well as twelve recordings.

He has dozens of original songs in his repertoire, along with music ranging from the Renaissance to jazz, The Beatles, and modern rock, but his strongest suit is improvisation.

He frequently begins playing a piece of his own invention before abruptly switching to a work by Miles Davis or Brazilian composer Luis Bonfa.

In North America and Europe, Howard teaches Chapman Stick seminars and performs. Additionally, he has produced two method books: The Greg Howard Songbook, 2009; The Stick Book, Volume One, 1997; and a 2011 teaching DVD for the Stick, Basic Free Hands Technique DVD.

Read some emotional tributes shared by loved ones 

Nick Beggs musician wrote,

I’m heartbroken to learn of the passing of a dear friend and truly gifted player. Greg Howard leaves us poorer for his departure. I’m glad we were able to spend a little time together last year. Bless you, mate. x

 Mike Vitulli Musician wrote,

I’m incredibly sad, I could not believe this heartbreaking news today… Greg Howard has passed, I’m shocked, he was a light and a guide to me and all the Stick community.

Sonja Schellenberg Entrepreneur at 901sound wrote,

Just found out that one of the greatest Chapman Stick players has died. Greg Howard passed away. I met him only once or twice but always admired his playing and creativity. What a loss.

Jan van Olffen musician wrote,

With deep sadness, I lost my friend Greg Howard today April 22. Greg has been a loyal friend for many years and I am very grateful to have had him as a friend, fellow musician, and teacher. He will be deeply missed by many.  

Please leave a tribute or share your memories with Greg Howard in the comment field below to honor his death. 


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