John Manning (tuba) serves as the Associate Professor of tuba at the University of Iowa, and is a founding member of the award-winning Atlantic Brass Quintet. Mr. Manning has also served as the principal tubist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra.
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.
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 Amherst. He has given tuba master classes at Universities across the United States and around the world, including Japan, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Argentina, Panama, Egypt, and Oman. Manning has also taught at the Atlantic Brass Quintet Seminar since 1993. This seminar has been hosted at the Boston Conservatory, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, UMass Amherst, SUNY Buffalo, Boston College, Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Manning has performed at International Tuba Euphonium Conferences in Canada, North Carolina, Washington D.C., Cincinnati, Denver, and Phoenix, as well as Regional Tuba Euphonium Conferences in Minnesota, Kansas, Alabama, and Ohio. He has also hosted the Northeastern Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference at University of Massachusetts in March of 2003, and the Hawkeye Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference at the University of Iowa in 2007.
John is an advocate for new music and creative collaborations. He has performed in collaboration with dancers, improvisers and and commissioned three works for solo tuba and piano; Retratos by Costa Rican composer Vinizio Meza, Sonata en Evolucion Constante by Argentinain composer Roberto Pintos, and the Grant Wood Sonata, by American composer Barbara York. He performs regularly with the Java Jews Klezmer Band, Latitude Improvisation Ensemble, and the Iowa Brass Quintet.
Manning’s debut solo recording, Four Corners: Tuba Music from Around the World is available
on Summit Records. John also maintains a blog called Tubahead.
In 2012, Manning will perform with dancers from the University of Iowa at New York City’s DUMBO Festival and present concerts with the Atlantic Brass Quintet in Wisconsin, Vermont, Connecticut and New Jersey. In 2013, Manning will return to Isla Verde Argentina for an International Brass Festival, and premiere two new works for tuba and piano at Regional Tuba Euphonium Conferences in Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Washington.