KMEA Hall of Fame
Cliff Manning
Inducted in 2006
Clifford Manning graduated from Osawatomie High School and holds BME and MME degrees from University of Kansas. He taught in Neligh, NE, Topeka, Troy, Osage City, and Auburn-Washburn, KS public schools for more than 36 years. Clifford is a member of MENC, NEA, KNEA, IAJE, KBA, ASBDA, NBA, The International Horn Society, American Federation of Musicians, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Marshall's Civic Band, Topeka Big Band, Arab Shrine Band, and Topeka Woodwind Quintet. Honors awarded Mr. Manning include Teacher of the Year for Auburn-Washburn USD 437 and finalist for Kansas State Teacher of the Year in 1986, School Band and Orchestra Magazine Top 50 music teachers in America in 2002, and elected into Phi Beta Mu Music Fraternity for his excellence in Instrumental Music Education. Under his direction the Auburn-Washburn Music Department was chosen as one of the Best 100 Music Programs in 2001. Clifford's ensembles have performed at KMEA four times, several well-known political events and numerous Bowl parades and games. His dedication and countless contributions to the music community have earned him the title "father of marching bands" in the Topeka area. Cliff has always been a community musician and has had many music performance experiences as a singer, French horn, guitar, and bass player.