Bruce is an active performer, arranger, conductor and clinician. Born in Georgia and growing up in Cheraw, SC, he earned a Commercial Music degree from University of Tennessee and a Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina. He has performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbia Lyric Opera, the Augusta Opera and The Palmetto Brass Quintet. Commercial credits include appearances with Olivia Newton-John, Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Rich Little, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Toni Tenille, The Platters, The O’Jays, The Spinners, The Four Tops and The Temptations. Jazz notables include Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton, Louie Bellson, Lew Tabakin, Marian McPartland, Marvin Stamm, Jon Faddis, Carl Fontana, Slide Hampton and the late Dizzy Gillespie. He has also performed with the big bands of Cab Calloway, Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Nelson Riddle, Larry Elgart, Guy Lombardo, Harry Connick, Jr. and the Dick Goodwin Big Band.