Justin McManus is a 2006 graduate of Torrington High School, having played both clarinet and bassoon during his time as a student. He was Drum Major of the “Pride of Torrington” Marching Band for the group’s first national performance, the 2006 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. His favorite memory at THS was his final home football game, leading the band onto the football field for the final time. Justin has continued to carry his Raider Pride throughout his collegiate and professional career, and is grateful for the incredible lessons he learned during his time in Torrington.
Justin holds a M.M. in Bassoon Performance, B.S. in Music Education, and B.A. in Music (Bassoon) from the University of Connecticut. As an undergraduate student at UConn, he was a tuba section member, manager, and drum major of the “Pride of Connecticut” Marching Band. As a Graduate Assistant, Justin led the UConn Pep Band between 2011-13, including the UConn Women’s Basketball National Title Game in 2013. He has studied bassoon under Mr. Ron Haroutunian of the Boston Pops, and Mrs. Alicia Simonetti-Sphur.
As an Assistant Director of the University of Notre Dame Band program, Justin assists with the “Band of the Fighting Irish” Marching Band, conducts the Symphonic Band and University Band, directs the 200+ member basketball pep band, and teaches studio bassoon lessons. In addition, he teaches a course in Instrumental Techniques, serves as a faculty member for the Moreau First Year Experience course, and is advisor/teaching faculty for the Notre Dame Bandlink Outreach program.