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John Manning, Associate Professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Iowa, is a founding member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet. Originally from Raynham, Massachusetts, Mr. Manning received his undergraduate degree from Boston University and his graduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. From 1986 to 1989, John served as the solo tubist with the Air Force Band of the Golden West. While stationed in California, former Staff Sergeant Manning was involved in numerous recordings and performed extensively throughout the Western United States.
With the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Mr. Manning has performed in 49 U.S. states and in 24 countries throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Central America. The quintet has won six international chamber music competitions and performed at the White House, Tanglewood, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Sacramento Festival for New American Music, June in Buffalo and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. The Atlantic Brass Quintet has conducted master classes around the world including at Rice University, the San Francisco Conservatory, New England Conservatory and the Julliard School.
Mr. Manning has served on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory, Boston University’s School for the Arts and Tanglewood Institute, and the University of Massachusetts. He had conducted tuba master classes at Louisiana State University, the University at Buffalo, Chautauqua Institution, and New England Conservatory. Outside the United States, John has worked with brass students in Tokyo, Japan; San Jose, Costa Rica; Panama City, Panama; the Cairo Opera House in Egypt; and the Royal Omani National Orchestra School in Muscat, Oman. When he was invited to appear as a guest on the NPR radio program “The Connection,” Mr. Manning took that opportunity to educate the public about the tuba and discussed his participation in the 1997 World Euphonium and Tuba Competition of Guebwiller, France.
Mr. Manning has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Empire Brass and the Boston Pops. He has also served as principal tubist with the Vermont Symphony and Albany Symphony. Outside the realm of classical music, John has been involved in a diverse array of eclectic musical interests, ranging from klezmer and world music to rock and jazz. He has performed with the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, Naftule’s Dream, Brass Planet, the Pee Wee Fist, the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, Arlo Guthrie and John Lithgow. Since arriving in Iowa, John has performed with Spontaneous Combustion, Cerberus, Odd Tones Brass Band and Java Jews. Mr. Manning has been a featured soloist with the University of Iowa Symphony Band and Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, Keene State College Concert Band, the Concordia College Symphonic Band, and the Eastern Iowa Brass Band.
Mr. Manning has been a featured guest soloist at Universities in Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Michigan, Nebraska, Kansas and Kentucky. He has appeared at numerous International and regional Tuba Euphonium Conferences and has hosted the Northeastern Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference at University of Massachusetts in 2003, and the Hawkeye Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference in 2007. John has served as an adjudicator for tuba and euphonium competitions in Canada, Korea, Taiwan and the United States and his debut solo CD for Summit Records is titled Four Corners: Tuba Music from around the World. Professor Manning’s second solo CD, Field Notes: Tuba Music from Iowa will be released on Summit Records at the end of 2015.