On September 18th, 2021, South Williamsport native and USMC veteran Bart Howard will be
performing a very special “one-night only” event at the Community Arts Center.
Backed by seasoned local musicians, Bart Howard and the Mountain Road band will be
performing tracks from their EP “Ain’t Dress Rehearsal”. Proceeds from the performance will
benefit Lycoming County Gold Star Memorial fund.
In addition to Howard’s set, local roots rock band “Cass and The Bailout Crew”, will be
performing tracks from their album “Room To Breathe”.
Mountain Road band includes some familiar names from the local musical scene featuring Mike
Steppe (Guitar/Vocals), Cass Chatham (Vocals), Nick Laylon (Bass), Mike Wrench Jr (Drums),
Jimmy Lovcik (Organ), Chris Carithers (Guitar), Donny Saar (Steel Guitar, Banjo), Adam
COVID NOTE 8/11/21:
In light of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Lycoming County and in accordance with current directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Community Arts Center will be requiring masks indoors for everyone regardless of their vaccination status. This decision will be revaluated every two weeks, beginning August 27, 2021. The decision will be informed by local case numbers, vaccination rates, test positivity rates and the level of spread in Lycoming County. Depending on the review of these metrics, it is possible that even performances after August 27th may require both a ticket and a mask.
When required, if you do not feel you can attend a performance and wear a mask, please notify the Box Office and we will refund the cost of your tickets. No one will be allowed into the theatre without a mask, so please don’t attend if you feel you can’t comply with this directive.
Bart Howard grew up in a small home in South Williamsport and was influenced early by his
father’s love and passion for performing live music in their family home. As an early teen, Bart
learned guitar from his Mother Glenna and often jammed with his Father Harold on mandolin
and other bluegrass musicians. Bart enter the USMC in 1984 and after basic training at Paris
Island, Howard trained in Quantico, VA and Pendleton, CA, before deploying to Okinawa, Japan
in 1987. As a young Marine, Howard was influence by the great musical concerts he attended
while at Camp Pendleton.
It was during this time that he saw James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley
and more. Howard continued to play guitar and sing while enlisted and cites James Taylor as a
After discharge from the USMC, Howard married Constance Dincher and raised three children
(Abe, Alex and Olivia) in a small home in Newberry, PA. Abram and Alex discovered a love for
music through their father and developed their guitar playing skills during jams in the family
kitchen, just like their father and grandfather.
On July 27th 2010, Abram Howard USMC, was killed in action during Operation Enduring
Freedom in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. As Gold Star family members, Bart and
Connie Howard have stayed extremely involved in develop community partnerships, charitable
events, and awareness campaigns for veterans and gold star families in Pennsylvania.
Attendees to this show can expect to hear a wide variety of music by artists such as Tyler
Childers, Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Allman Brothers, Elton John, Solomon Burke, Dolly
Parton and more.