Christopher Mann (bass trombone) is a graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music, and a veteran of the U. S. Navy Band in San Diego, California. Additional training took place at Ithaca College, Syracuse University, Towson State University, McGill University, Lebanon Valley College, and Binghamton University. He was a private student of Allen Ostrander. His playing experience as a tenor and bass trombonist includes performing for Tommy Tune, Ringling Brothers, Natalie Cole, the Irish Tenors, Aretha Franklin, and Olivia Newton-John, among others, as well as several local small and large groups since 1973. Aside from his enlistment, he has been with the Symphony since 1976.