David Manson is a composer, trombonist, improviser, presenter, producer and educator with a diverse range of experience in music. His degrees include a doctorate from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He began his performance career with positions in the Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and taught low brass and jazz studies at Indiana State University before returning to Florida. He is Professor of Music at St. Petersburg College and a founding developer in the MIRA (Music Industry/Recording Arts program). He was awarded the title of Distinguished Faculty at St. Petersburg College in 2015.
He has been soloist and composer with the BONK New Music Festival, Subtropics New Music Festival, Society of Composers and SEAMUS. He has performed and recorded with Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, Eugene Chadbourne, John Lindberg, Davey Williams and other music innovators. He has also backed popular artists including Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Burt Bacharach and toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
His solo recordings include "Modern Music for Trombone" (lps 3209) and "Beast" (isospin). Releases as leader, composer/arranger and soloist include "Particle Zoo" with ensemble SHIM, "Fluid Motion" with jazz legend Sam Rivers, "Infinita Bossa" and "A Kiss for Rio" with Brazilian band O Som Do Jazz, as well as "Radiant Forces" with the Helios Jazz Orchestra. He was also trombonist and arranger for Bogus Pomp, a Frank Zappa repertoire band from 1993- 2007.
He is a recipient of two Artist Fellowships in music composition from the Florida Arts Council, a Fulbright-Hays project in Turkey, an artist feature in the Southern Arts Federation’s JazzSouth radio program, and grants from Meet The Composer. His orchestral works have been performed by the Florida Orchestra and others. Recent television credits include "Looking" (HBO), "Grandfathered" (Fox), The Replacement (BBC One) and Riverdale (CW).
He is founder and director the EMIT series (in its 21st season), recipient of awards for programming by Chamber Music America, ASCAP and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He is former director of the Tampa Bay Composers' Forum (1995-2003). Through EMIT and the Composers Forum, he has presented over 400 concerts and educational workshops of adventurous music in the Tampa Bay area.
He writes for and leads the Helios Jazz Orchestra, MIFU (Mobile Itinerant Funk Unit), O Som Do Jazz and teaches jazz studies and Pro Tools courses in the MIRA (Music Industry/Recording Arts) program at St. Petersburg College. He is the founder and director of the annual St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, in its 9th season. David served eight years on the board of the Pinellas County Arts Council (1995-2003) and was a composer-in-residence with the Moving Current Dance Collective and federal education project Studiopeace. He directs the Recording Arts Program for Boys & Girls Club students at the Royal Theater in Midtown.
This year, with the Support of Creative Pinellas and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, David will be composing and recording new compositions written for Brazilian jazz group O Som Do Jazz, the 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra and an orchestral fanfare.