Master Sgt. John Manning


I was born in Poughkeepsie and grew up in Ebensburg, PA. I attended college in Indiana, PA and Denton, TX. 16 years in as a Hellcat bugler and counting!


Keith Johnson, Calvin Weber, Gary Bird, Bill Stowman, Bryan Edgett, Michael Sachs, Jeff Curnow, Chris Gekker


All types of music and my parents.


When did you join the Army?

October 6, 1999

Current Projects:

Creating Bugle Section Continuity Book, so all the diverse aspects of the job are codified for all to see; practicing to get better every day!


Volunteer firefighter for 28 years; Go Steelers!; all things Irish


I knew I wanted to be a musician when…

I’m not sure of any specific event, but I started trumpet in 4th grade, and have known since 6th grade that I wanted to be in music. I just fell in love with the trumpet as a kid.

An Army performance highlight:

Highland Military Tattoo at Ft. George, Inverness, Scotland! Carnegie Hall debut as part of the Academy’s bicentennial celebrations in 2002–on a bugle!

Dream Group:

Tower of Power

Did you know?

I wore lederhosen playing polkas at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Awesome job!