Meet David Manson

David Manson is a trombonist, composer, concert presenter and music technologist who teaches composition, world music, jazz studies and low brass courses. His degrees include a doctorate from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. A soloist and composer with diverse interests, he has worked with Sam Rivers, Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini, Bogus Pomp and Diego Figueiredo, among others.

His original music has been recently placed in the HBO series, "Looking", "Grandfathered" on Fox, "Riverdale" on CW and "The Replacement" on BBC One. He directs the nonprofit presenter EMIT, the Recording Arts Program (RAP) with Boys & Girls students at the Royal Theater in Midtown, and also the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival.

Manson, who was awarded Distinguished Faculty status at SPC in 2015, says the MIRA faculty is what sets the program apart.

"The faculty in the MIRA program at St. Petersburg College are all people who have made a living in the music business," he said. "We all want to share our knowledge with students."

Manson also composes and performs with Brazilian group O Som Do Jazz and directs the Helios Jazz Orchestra, the resident ensemble at SPC.

Name: David Manson
Job Title: Professor, Trombonist, Composer
Degree: Ph.D. from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music