620 31st St. North, St. Petersburg, FL, 33713
A musician with very diverse interests, David Manson is active as a teacher, composer and performer. His degrees include a doctorate in music from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. David is a founding member of the MIRA (Music Industry/Recording Arts) program at St. Petersburg College. His early musical career included orchestral positions with the Florida West Coast Symphony and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. He toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and backed entertainers including Burt Bacharach, Henri Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Bernadette Peters, Lou Rawls and Tommy Tune.
A core composer in BONK, he was a recipient of a 1999 & 2004 Individual Artist Fellowship in Composition from the Florida Arts Council, as well as Meet the Composer and ASCAP awards. He has performed his works (and others) at BONK, Subtropics, SCI, SEAMUS, and Sound Arts Workshops new music festivals. He was a Fulbright scholar in Turkey during the summer of 2001. Two of his works have been premiered by the Florida Orchestra.
David is active in community arts organizations and served as an executive board member of the Pinellas County Arts Council (1995-2003), Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Composers’ Forum (1995-2003) and Director of the EMIT series of adventurous music. He has received a total of six “Best of the Bay” awards from Creative Loafing. Past musical projects include Zappa repertoire band Bogus Pomp and modern jazz group Fluid Motion with jazz legend Sam Rivers.
He currently leads the Helios Jazz Orchestra and Brazilian group O Som Do Jazz. Group and solo performances include the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Villa-Lobos Institut in Rio de Janeiro, Pensacola Jazz Fest, Zappanale Festival in Bad Doberan, Germany and Bogus Pomp headliners with the Florida Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic. His recordings include Particle Zoo (1999), Visions (2002), Fluid Motion (2002), Beast (2004) and Infinita Bossa (2008).