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; the Royal Omani National Orchestra School in Muscat, Oman and Isla Verde, Argentina. 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.
John 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. Recently, 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.
Mr. Manning has been a featured guest soloist at Universities in Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Michigan, Nebraska, Kansas, Kentucky, Washington, Illinois and Missouri. 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.