Stephen A. Maniscola is the instructor of French horn at the University of West Florida. He is currently a member of the Pensacola Civic Band and performs with several small groups in theater, wedding ceremonies, and as a musician for church choral and orchestral performances.
Stephen studied horn with professional French horn players from the NY Philharmonic. He attended The High School of Performing Arts in New York City. While there he was a member of the Allâ€“City Orchestra, and Cosmopolitan Symphony, playing concerts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center's Philharmonic Hall. After high school, he joined Air Force Band. After military service, he attended Brooklyn College where he studied horn with Martin Smith, Principal horn with The NY Philharmonic, Barry Benjamin, The Dorian Wind Quintet, and David Wakefield of The American Brass Quintet. During that time acquired a position playing horn in Chuck Israel's American Jazz ensemble.
After moving to Florida, he joined the Pensacola Symphony. He performed at local elementary schools with a group of symphony players to demonstrate their instruments. He has also been a member of the Northwest Florida Symphony. He continues to teach privately as well as participating as an instructor with the University of West Florida music department. Along with Dr. Spaniola, he initiated the annual Brass Day at the University to encourage young musicians to pursue a musical career.