Dr. David Manson, D.M.A.

Dr. David Manson, D.M.A.

Office Information

St. Pete/Gibbs Campus
EI 202
(727) 341-4363
(727) 444-6245



David Manson is a trombonist, composer, improvisor, presenter and music technologist. His degrees include a doctorate from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. A musician with diverse interests, he began his performance career with positions in the Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra and Memphis Symphony Orchestra. He taught low brass and jazz studies at Indiana State University from 1983-89 before returning to Florida. 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 innovators.

He toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and backed legendary artists including Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini, Tommy Tune, James Moody, Kevin Mahogany and others. He was trombonist and arranger for Bogus Pomp, an acclaimed Frank Zappa repertoire band. His 2002 recording “Fluid Motion” with jazz legend Sam Rivers, was selected by JazzTimes critic Duck Baker as his “vote for jazz record of the year.”

David is a recipient of Artist Fellowships in music composition from the Florida Arts Council (1999 & 2005), a Fulbright-Hays project in Turkey, an artist feature in the Southern Arts Federations JazzSouth radio program, and grants from Meet The Composer. He worked with Cecil Taylor at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and was artist-in-residence at the Sound Arts Workshop in Miami. 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. His orchestral works have been performed by the Florida Orchestra and others. His original music has been placed in the HBO series, "Looking" and "Grandfathered" on Fox.

David directs the
nonprofit presenter EMIT series with awards from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Chamber Music America and ASCAP. David is also former director of the Tampa Bay Composers' Forum (1995-2003). Through EMIT and the Composers Forum, David has presented over 350 concerts of new music in Pinellas County. David also started music technology courses at SPC in the mid-1990s and is a founding developer in the MIRA (Music Industry/Recording Arts) program at St. Petersburg. David currently writes music columns for Creative Pinellas. He performs with Brazilian group O Som Do Jazz, directs the Helios Jazz Orchestra, resident ensemble at SPC, and directs the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, in its eighth season.


Office Schedule

10:00 am - 11:00 am
St. Pete/Gibbs Campus, EI 202
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
St. Pete/Gibbs Campus, EI 202
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
St. Pete/Gibbs Campus, EI 202
10:00 am - 11:00 am
St. Pete/Gibbs Campus, EI 202
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
St. Pete/Gibbs Campus, EI 202
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
St. Pete/Gibbs Campus, EI 202
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
St. Pete/Gibbs Campus, EI 202
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
St. Pete/Gibbs Campus, EI 202

Tutoring Availability


Classroom Schedule

No classroom schedule for the current term: Summer Term 2016 (0515)

Subjects Taught

Music Literature, Music: Commercial, Musical Ensembles, Applied Music: Brasses

Course Schedule

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Spring Term 2016 arrow 0510
  MUN 1710   Jazz Band 0475SPFace-to-Face1/11/165/06/16
  MUM 2600   Music Tech & Recording Tech I 1454SPFace-to-Face1/11/165/06/16
  MUM 2600   Music Tech & Recording Tech I 1455SPFace-to-Face1/11/165/06/16
  MUN 1710   Jazz Band 3188SPFace-to-Face1/11/165/06/16
  MVB 1313   Applied Music Princi -Trombone 3434SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16
  MVB 1315   Applied Music Principal-Tuba 3539SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16
  MUL 1010   Music Appreciation 4499SPOnline1/11/165/06/16
  MVB 2323   Applied Music PrinciplTrombone 4965SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16
  MVB 1013   Applied Music Enrchmt-Trombone 5222SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16
  MVB 2025   Applied Musice Enrichment Tuba 5253SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16