Howard Fields

From The Harry Chapin Wiki

Howard ("Howie") Fields is an American drummer, music teacher, and rock archivist. Howard is best known for his years in the Harry Chapin band.

Early life

Howard grew up in Brooklyn, NY and attending James Madison High School. He received his BA in Music at Long Island University. Howard played in numerous bands through high school and college. After college, Howard played in a band with Doug Walker, a childhood friend of Harry's. [1]

The Harry Chapin years

Howard was hired by Harry for his 1975 musical The Night That Made America Famous based on recommendation from Doug Walker. When that play finished it's run, he joined the Harry Chapin band as their first and only drummer as the band changed from a four members configuration to six members. He stayed with Harry until his passing in 1981. His years with the band in chronicled on his web site that includes backstage stories and full chronology of concerts with the full band.

Music career after Harry Chapin

After a break, Howard returned to performing with Steve Chapin and John Wallace as a member of the Steve Chapin Band. They play the music of both Steve and Harry. Howard also performs as a member of the large ensemble group The Chapin Family. This group performs the Harry Chapin tribute series titled Harry Chapin: A Celebration in Song. Howard has also lead his talents to other Harry Chapin tribute concerts by other Chapin-influenced artists such as John McMenamin, Satinwood and Scott Sivakoff.[2] Howard also performs with a variety of other bands and projects.

Publishing career

Howard has published articles for Modern Drummer magazine. He has also authored numerous drumming transcription books in addition to his own drumming book for beginners.

Books (partial)

Year Book Publisher
- The Drum Teacher[3] self-published
1990 Heavy Metal Mixed Bag Drum Edition[4] McGraw-Hill
1990 Guns N' Roses (Appetite for Destruction)[5] McGraw-Hill
1990 The Metallica (Master of Puppets)[6] Cherry Lane Music
1990 The Metallica (And Justice for All)[7] Cherry Lane Music
1991 Skid: Drum Cherry Lane Music
1992 Extreme: Drum Anthology Alfred Publishing
1994 Gene Krupa Drum Method[8] Warner Brothers
1995 Jim Hendrix (Band of Gypsys)[7] Hal Leonard
1997 Buddy Rich:Jazz Legend 1917-1987[7] Warner Brothers
1998 The Metallica (Reload)[7] Cherry Lane Music

Magazine articles (partial)

Date Magazine Article
January 1991 Modern Drummer The New Breed Drumset Master Class 3 [9]

Rock archivist career

Howard has served as an rock archivist for projects by MTV, VH1, and CBS News in addition. Howard specializes in the New York area music, Rolling Stone magazine, and Harry Chapin. He also runs the memorabilia business RockPaper.


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