Principal Tuba Karl Hovey began his musical studies in the public schools of Irving, Texas. His education continued with Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of North Texas, and culminated in a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Catholic University. He has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, the Dallas and Fort Worth Ballet, the Dallas Lyric and San Francisco Opera Orchestras, many of the Washington D.C.-area orchestras, and was Principal Tuba of the Charleston and Shreveport Symphonies. After a long career, Mr. Hovey retired as Principal Tuba of the United States Navy Band in 2013. Mr. Hovey has been featured at several local and international music conferences, and he maintains an active teaching studio. He was a Teaching Assistant at the University of North Texas, a professor at Stephen F. Austin University, and is currently an instructor at the Catholic University of America.