Professor Manning

John Manning has taught at the University of Iowa since Fall 2004. Below, you can read his biography and find out about upcoming performances. For more about Professor Manning, click the links in the footer or contact him using the links in the left sidebar.


John Manning, Associate Professor of tuba and euphonium at The University of Iowa, is a founding member of the award-winning 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 tubaist 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 toured across the U.S. and around the world, including Korea, Japan, Costa Rica, France, Kuwait, India, Pakistan, England, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The quintet has won six international chamber music competitions and performed at the White House, Tanglewood, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Savannah Onstage, the Sacramento Festival for New American Music, June in Buffalo, the Bank of Boston Celebrity Series and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. The Atlantic Brass Quintet has conducted master classes at dozens of schools and colleges across the country including Rice University, the San Francisco 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 has also taught at Brandeis University, Mount Holyoke College, and Amherst College and 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 is an active freelance musician and has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Empire Brass and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He has also served as principal tuba with the Vermont Symphony and Albany (NY) Symphony and the Cedar Rapids Symphony. Outside the realm of classical music, Mr. Manning 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.

He has given solo recitals across the United States, and at International Tuba Euphonium Conferences in Regina, Greensboro, Denver, and Tuscon. John has hosted two regional tuba euphonium conferences; the Northeastern Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference at University of Massachusetts in 2003, and the Hawkeye Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference at the University of Iowa in 2007.
John Manning
2016-2017 Performances:

May 30th, 2016
Solo Recital at International Tuba Euphonium Conference

Knoxville, TN

July 31st - August 12th
Atlantic Brass Quintet Seminar
Northeastern University, Boston MA

September 16th, 2016
Atlantic Brass Quintet Recital
Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg KS

September 28th, 2016
Performance of Symphony No. 2 by Mahler
Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa

November (TBA) 2016
Iowa Brass Quintet Faculty Recital
Voxman School of Music, University of Iowa

February 21st - 24th, 2017
Atlantic Brass Quintet Residency
Texas A&M University College Station, TX

March 2nd - 4th, 2017
Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference
March 16th - 18th, 2017
Atlantic Brass Quintet Recital
April 1st, 2017
Solo with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra
Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto
Greenfield, MA

April 2nd - 6th, 2017
Massachusetts Solo Recital Tour
(Details TBA)

April 7th - 9th, 2017
Solo Recital at Electrobrass Conference