Musician 1st Class Christopher Howard, clarinet, originally from San Antonio, Texas, joined the Coast Guard Band in July 2006. He holds degrees in clarinet from the University of Texas at Austin and Florida State University. MU1 Howard previously served as principal clarinetist and concertmaster with the U.S. Navy Band Northwest in Seattle, WA, principal clarinetist of the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra in Bremerton, WA, and second and solo E-flat clarinetist with the Tallahassee Symphony in Tallahassee, FL. During the summer of 2003, MU1 Howard performed as the e-flat, bass, and soprano clarinetist at the Hot Springs Music Festival in Hot Springs, AK. As a teacher, MU1 Howard served as a faculty member at Camp Encore-Coda in Maine and as a teaching assistant at Florida State University. As a member of the Coast Guard Band, he performed as soloist during the 2007 tour of the southwest and is a current member of the clarinet quartet, with performances at New York City’s Weill Recital Hall and at the Potsdam Single Reed Conference, among others. His primary teachers include Larry Mentzer, Richard MacDowell, and Frank Kowalsky. Additional studies have been with Richard Hawkins and Mark Nuccio. He lives in Plainfield, CT, with his wife, Kacey.