Film and media composer Jonathan Manness transforms pictures and characters into music. Ever since putting his own cue to an NYU student film, Jon finally understood the universal emotions felt in music. After being chided by his teacher for living in the wrong city, Jon headed west to Los Angeles and hasn’t looked back…
Jon’s first LA gig was scoring AVATAR Extended Blu-ray special feature “The Night Before AVATAR.” Since then, he’s scored over a dozen independent films, arranged live music for HERSHEYPARK Theme Park, and received commissions from the US ARMY as well as public schools throughout the country. Jon also serves as board member of the Academy of Scoring Arts. Founded by Family Guy composer Ron Jones, the Academy of Scoring Arts brings together composers, filmmakers, audio engineers, and musicians to share knowledge through educational programs and community events.
In addition to composing, Jon plays trumpet all over Los Angeles. Comfortable playing in any genre, he is currently principal trumpet for the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra and has performed at Universal Studios Hollywood, Catalina Jazz Club, House of Blues, the Viper Room, and other famous LA venues. The LA Times called the band “red-hot” when he played lead trumpet at Casa 0101’s production of broadway musical “In the Heights.”
Jon loves sports and sports talk, and lets everyone know that he grew up near Philly. Find him on twitter @JonManness where he’ll complain about the Philadelphia Eagles, share funny links, and connect with you. View Credits