Dennis and Karen both grew up in Orange County, California and attended Los Alamitos High School. They married in 1979 and received music degrees in Horn Performance at California State University Long Beach in 1980. After graduation, they traveled to South America to play in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Valle in Cali, Colombia. In 1981, Dennis was awarded a Rotary Foundation Scholarship to study music in Germany. He and Karen both continued their studies at the Northwest Academy of Music in Detmold, Germany. Upon returning to the US, the Houghton family settled in Wichita Falls. They both taught lessons at Sam Kreutz music store and played in the WFSO under the direction of Bill Boyer. Receiving more playing and teaching opportunities in the DFW area, Dennis and Karen moved to Denton, where they continued post-graduate studies at UNT, studying with Dr. Bill Scharnberg. In 1985 Dennis began a brass repair business in Watauga. In 1990 the family relocated to Keller and established Houghton Horns, a brass pro shop. Houghton Horns is known throughout the world, providing new and used quality brass instruments, accessories and repair services. Karen continues to have a successful private horn studio in Keller. Both Dennis and Karen are freelance musicians in the DFW metroplex and thoroughly enjoy playing with the WFSO.