Master Chief Musician Karl Schultz is a native of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor’s degree in instrumental performance from Mansfield University, Mansfield, Pennsylvania, where he studied with Donald A. Stanley and Stephen P. McEuen.
MUCM Schultz has performed with the Tidewater Winds, the Dominion Brass Band, the Virginia Symphony, and the German Band in “Das Festhaus” at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. He has been a featured soloist with both the U.S. Army Orchestra and the Brass of the Potomac at the U.S. Army Band’s Tuba/Euphonium Conference. He gave the world premiere of David Gaines’Concertino for Euphonium and Concert Band with the Peabody Wind Ensemble. MUCM Schultz has performed on euphonium, baritone, and E-flat tenor horn in the Spires Brass Band, the Atlantic Brass Band, and the Baltimore Area Brass Band of the Salvation Army.
MUCM Schultz began his military career in 1993 by joining the Army and serving as the euphonium soloist with The U.S. Continental Army Band, Ft. Monroe, VA. He was featured on the band’s compact disc entitled The Spirit of Victory.
In 1996, MUCM Schultz auditioned and was selected for duty with the U.S. Naval Academy Band as euphonium and trombone player in the marching band and ceremonial units. Since joining the band, MUCM Schultz has been a featured soloist on several occasions. He has spent over 10 years working in the band’s supply office, where he currently holds the position of Leading Chief, and is also the band's Leading Chief Petty Officer of Safety.
MUCM Schultz has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Good Conduct Medal (4 awards), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal.