John Bottomley currently teaches tuba and euphonium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and maintains an active performing career as an orchestral and chamber musician having performed with such groups as the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the West Virginia Symphony. In Germany, he performed with the Philharmonie Der Nationen under the baton of Justus Frantz. As a founding member of the Manhattan Brass Quintet he won prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the New York Brass Conference. Dr. Bottomley received his D.M.A. from The Ohio State University under tubist Jim Akins of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and was among the first to graduate from the orchestral performance degree program. While in New York he studied with Toby Hanks, former tubist of the New York City Ballet and the New York Brass Quintet. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison while studying with tubist and composer John Stevens.