The William Bell Memorial Tuba Day is an event held annually on the first Saturday of November to celebrate the life and career of William Bell.


WHEN:  Saturday, November 3rd, 2018, from 12:30 – 5:00 PM.

WHERE:  Perry United Methodist Church, First and Willis, Perry, IA. ( Google Maps Link )

REGISTRATION: $10 Student / $15 Adult, Donations Welcome.

GUEST CLINICIAN: Dr. John Manning. University of Iowa

John Manning, Associate Professor of tuba and euphonium at the​ University of Iowa​, is a founding member of the​ Atlantic Brass Quintet​ and a​ Yamaha Performing Artist​. 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.

With the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Mr. Manning has performed in forty-nine U.S. states and in twenty-four countries throughout Europe, Asia, Central America and the Middle East. The quintet has won six international chamber music competitions and performed at the White House, Tanglewood, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Sacramento Festival for New American Music, June in Buffalo and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. The Atlantic Brass Quintet has conducted master classes around the world including at Rice University, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the Juilliard School.

Professor Manning has served on the faculty of​ The Boston Conservatory​, Boston University’s​ College of Fine Arts​ and​ Tanglewood Institute​, and the​ University of Massachusetts​. He has 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.

He has been a featured guest on the NPR radio program “The Connection” with Christopher Lydon prior to 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. 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 artist 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 called ​Four Corners: Tuba Music from around the World.​ In June 2016, his second solo CD for Summit Records was released, called Field Notes: Tuba Music from Iowa, featuring music commissioned by him, composed by his former students and one composition of his own for tuba and electronics called “Cheese Spread”.</p>

<p>This is John’s second time as a clinician for Bill Bell Day. He is honored to return for the 40th anniversary and would like to invite you all to attend the International Tuba Euphonium Conference (ITEC 2019), which he will be hosting at the University of Iowa from May 25th to June 1st.</p>