UI instructor plays tuba, euphonium today

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 03, 2011 7:10 AM

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University of Iowa School of Music faculty member John Manning will perform with Lee Nguyen at 7:30 p.m. today in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Manning, a tuba and euphonium associate professor at the UI, was one of the founding members of the Atlantic Bass Quintet. The group performs a wide range of music, from Bach to the street styles of New Orleans and Cuba. Over the years, the Atlantic Bass Quintet has played in 49 states and 24 countries.

As a solo musician, the music scenes of Boston and Cambridge have inspired Manning. A Raynham, Mass., native, he received an undergraduate degree from Boston University and a graduate degree from Amherst College. Throughout his career, he has performed with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Boston Symphony.

Manning joined the UI School of Music in 2004. Through teaching, the musician stressed the importance of relearning how to breathe while playing a brass instrument. He believes that respiration is a crucial skill, along with developing a stylistic tone.

In 2009, Manning released a CD titled Four Corners: Tuba Music from Around the World. The UI-funded project included music primarily from Costa Rica, Australia, Hong Kong, and the United States. Manning included one song that he composed, as well as a song arrangement completed by a former student.

— by Laura Willis

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