Preston Dow uses an academic background and real world experience to inspire his students and clearly explain the principles of music. After beginning guitar at age 13, all of his other hobbies quickly fell to the wayside. As he got older, he began to understand music theory and started playing other instruments as well. This all enabled him to write and record music on his own for the first time. He played upright bass in his school jazz band, electric bass at the football games, as well as cello in the orchestra. He studied jazz guitar, classical guitar, piano and music theory for 2 years at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Here he also experienced being a part of a community of musicians for the first time, which proved to be essential to his growth as an artist. He also took classes in the theory, music and audio department at Houston Community College, where he received his Associates in Arts for Music. Following his education, he began teaching music lessons and getting involved with the music community in Houston. He played lead guitar in the funk band Soul Creatures as well as with recording artist Sydnee Jane. During this time he was also playing, recording and studying acoustic based blues, folk, country, and world music. All of these different collaborations eventually inspired him to start his own band, Howard and the Nosebleeds. They have played on stages across Texas, including the official Astro’s 2017 opening day celebration, Discovery Green’s Canned Acoustica Series, Warehouse Live, The House of Blues and Axelrad. The Houston Press referred to their debut album, “Get Psychic!” as “the first original [rock] album to come out in a long time.” In the band, Preston acts as the principal songwriter, as well as the lead singer and guitar player. You can see them every Tuesday night at Last Concert where they play original music and host open jams that anyone can participate in. He believes music is a language everyone can speak and understand, and finds joy in sharing his love and knowledge of the art.