William Mann is currently the Assistant Professor of Trombone at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky where his teaching duties include applied trombone lessons, brass techniques and pedagogy, as well as conducting the Morehead State University Trombone Choir and performing with the Horizon Brass Quintet. Prior to his appointment at Morehead, Dr. Mann taught at the University of Missouri, Prairie View A&M University, and the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. In addition to college teaching, Dr. Mann taught instrumental music in the Texas Public Schools and served as a private studio teacher for over 12 years. He is regularly sought after as a lecturer, clinician, and performer throughout the United States. Dr. Mann also teaches in the summers at the Bay View Music Festival.
Dr. Mann has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic, Quad-City, Missouri, Tuscaloosa, Meridian, Victoria, and Waco Symphonies. He has also performed with the Austin Lyric Opera, as well as the Victoria Bach, Texas Music, and Hot Springs Music Festivals, the Waco Jazz Orchestra and the 49th Armored Division Band.
Dr. Mann is also enjoys performing in various chamber music settings. He was a founding member of the Austin Brass Ensemble and has performed with the faculty quintets at the University of Missouri and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Currently he is a member of the Horizon Brass Quintet, the faculty brass ensemble at Morehead State University and the LEX4 Trombone Quartet.
In the fall of 2007, Dr. Mann premiered Trifecta, for solo trombone and brass quartet, by Kenyon Wilson, written for Dr. Mann upon his appointment to the faculty at the University of Missouri. He performed the same work, arranged by the composer for solo trombone and tuba/euphonium ensemble, at the 2008 Southeastern Composers League Forum, with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. Dr. Mann can also be heard on two recordings in the Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra: the Grammy-nominated Edmond Dédé - Orchestral Works and Louis Moreau Gottschalk - A Night in the Tropics on the Naxos Label.
Growing up in McAllen, Texas, Dr. Mann received his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Trombone Performance from the University of Texas at Austin in addition to a Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University. His primary teachers include David Gier, David Jackson, Donald Knaub, Allen Barnhill, John Marcellus, and Nathaniel Brickens. Additional experiences include studies with Scott Hartmann, Dennis Wick, John Kitzman, James Thompson, Michael Powell, Ronald Barron, Matt Vaughn, Joe Burnam, and Jay Evans.