Born and raised in North Carolina, Ned 'The Howler' Holder first played the cornet listening to Motown and R & B. At the age of 14, he broadened his musical horizons and turned to the trombone. Then, upon hearing some Urbie Green albums, he was moved by Jazz and never looked back. After years of tour ship dance gigs and multiple local and regional club gigs, Ned soon became an arranger and soloist in his own right, performing with Ray Charles, Herbie Mann, Al Hirt, Chet Atkins, and many more.
He then, with his own quartet, began recording his own original music CD titled "Mane Stream" and toured the States and Europe. Ned then achieved his Master of Music Degree in trombone and moved to New York City where he continues to write, arrange and perform live with the likes of Lionel Hampton, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Ben E. King, Wyclef Jean and many more.