Bruce graduated from the WA College of Advanced Education in 1981 with a Bachelor of Education degree and began teaching at Perth Modern School in 1982. From 1983 to 1993 he was in charge of music at Hollywood Senior High School.
As Associate Director of the former WA Youth Concert Band, Bruce has toured Japan and Korea and performed in all states of Australia. He has directed the Australian Youth Wind Orchestra and National Childrens' Wind Orchestra. In 1998 he conducted the Australian Youth Wind Orchestra on a tour of Scandinavia. Bruce also regularly conducts the City of Fremantle Symphony Orchestra. He is currently National President of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors' Association Inc.