Music Faculty and Staff

Dr. John Manchester

Music Theory
Reeves Hall, Room 108
  • B.S., University of West Alabama

  • M.M. Ed., University of North Texas

  • D.A. University of Mississippi

John P. Manchester, Jr. holds Bachelors degrees in both business administration and music theory & composition from the University of West Alabama. He took a Master of Music Education degree (Music Theory and Arranging emphasis) from the University of North Texas, which included study with Robert Ottman, Martin Mailman, William Latham and John Giordano. He holds the Doctor of Arts degree in Music Theory from the University of Mississippi, where he studied with Andrew Fox.

Dr. Manchester joined the Hinds Community College faculty in 1971, and was Director of Bands until 1988, when he assumed his current duties as Music Instructor. He teaches advanced music theory, online music appreciation and face-to-face music appreciation courses.

Dr. Manchester’s compositions and arrangements include works for children’s choir, adult choir, solo piano, solo vocalist, jazz band, marching band and various small instrumental ensembles. His arrangements for marching band have been performed by more than 2,000 high school and college bands throughout the United States. He is the author of a collection of musical analyses of supplementary music for the music appreciation text, Music: The Art of Listening by Jean Ferris.

As a performer, he is a bassist with extensive experience in the symphonic, big band, combo jazz and pop idioms. His past and present professional affiliations include the American Federation of Musicians, South Central Music Theory Society, College Music Society, The New Bourbon Street Jazz Society and the Mississippi Public Community/Junior College Band Directors Association.