Kevin M. McManus Mr.

 
 
Adjunct Instructor of Trombone and Jazz Studies
Adjunct Faculty
 
 

Bio

Kevin M. McManus holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Penn State University, a Graduate Performer’s Certificate from SUNY Purchase Conservatory and a Master‘s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University. His primary teachers include: Mark L. Lusk, Robert D. Hamrick, Matty Shiner, Jim Pugh, Dick Nash, Peter Sullivan, Murray Crewe, James Markey, Ronald W. Spang, Joe Dallas and Randy Purcell. Mr. McManus has performed on Broadway in New York City and completed two First National Tours of the shows “Urinetown: the Musical” and “Little Women the Broadway Musical.” In the summer of 2009, Mr. McManus was a featured soloist in Pittsburgh’s Civic Light Opera production of Swing! Kevin was also featured along side of Dick Nash, Bill Wartrous, Bill Tole, George Roberts and Harry Betts at the 2009 NAMM show in Anaheim, California. He has performed with such artists as: Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra Jr., Josh Groban, Wayne Newton, Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons, Aretha Franklin, Pattie LaBelle, Glen Campbell, Maureen McGovern, Isaac Hayes, Lou Rawls, Gloria Gaynor, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Don Rickles, Regis Philban, Joan Rivers and The Manhattan Transfer. He has performed with the Pittsburgh and Wheeling Symphony Orchestras and the River City and Reunion Brass Bands. Mr. McManus is the founder and leader of: The Bone Forum, a jazz 10 trombone ensemble with rhythm section, The Collective Jazz Octet, a swingin’ eight piece jazz ensemble, and The Pittsburgh Trombone Project, one of America’s premier chamber music ensembles. Kevin can be seen internationally on PBS’s “My Music” and “American Soundtrack Series.” He has an active touring schedule and can frequently be heard across America with The Four Tops, The Temptations and The Latshaw Productions Pops Orchestra. In 2011, Mr. McManus gave the world premiere of Todd Goodman’s “Concert for Trombone and Piano.” The Goodman Concerto was written for Kevin and has since won first prize in The British Trombone Society’s 2012 Concerto Competition. As an arranger, Kevin has written for many organizations including: The McKeesport Symphony, The New Trombone Collective and Bo Wagner’s “Rat Pack.” Mr. McManus is currently on the faculties of Seton Hill and Frostburg State Universities, Westminster College, Westmoreland County Community College and The Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. Kevin has also served on the faculty of Waynesburg University. His extensive knowledge of ensemble playing, repertoire and rehearsal techniques for groups of all ages have brought Kevin invitations to appear as guest conductor and clinician throughout America. Kevin is proud to be a member of The Pittsburgh’s Musicians’ Union, Local 60-471, where he serves as a member of The Finance Advisory Committee.

About

Joined Seton Hill: 2006
Hometown: Charleroi, PA
Personal Areas of Interest:
Academic Areas of Interest: Music: Brass and Jazz

Education

  • BS in Music Education, Penn State University (University Park), 2002
  • Graduation Performer's Certificate from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music (Purchase, NY), 2003
  • MM in Classical Trombone Performance, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009

Awards

  • Distinguished Performer's Award - Penn State University (University Park), 2002

Organizations

  • Pittsburgh Musicians' Union
  • MENC: The National Association for Music Education
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
  • Westmoreland County Music Educators Association
  • International Trombone Association
  • Pittsburgh Jazz Society
  • Westmoreland Jazz Society

Performances

  • Upcoming Performances in 2012
  • The Bone Forum @ The Pittsburgh Jazz Society Sunday evening, February 6th - 6:00 p.m. The James Street "Speak Easy" The North Side - Pittsburgh, PA
  • The Bone Forum @ The Westmorland Jazz Society Thursday evening, February 16th - 7:30 p.m. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art - Greensburg, PA
  • The Seton Hill University Faculty Recital Friday evening, March 16th - 7:30 p.m. The Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall
  • The Seton Hill University Faculty Jazz Ensemble Sunday evening, March 25th - 7:30 p.m. The Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall
  • The Pittsburgh Trombone Project The Music of "Jay & Kai" and Michael Davis Thursday evening, March 29th - 7:30 p.m. The Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall
  • The Seton Hill University Jazz Ensemble The Music of Ralph Guzzi - Guest Artist, Ralph Guzzi Sunday evening, April 15th, 7:30 p.m. The Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall
  • The Army Field Band Brass Quintet Thursday evening, April 19th - 7:30 p.m. Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

Certifications

  • Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate: Music K-12