Bruce is Principal of the Instrumental Music School Services of the WA Department of Education Bruce oversees the state wide instrumental music programme in WA Public Schools.
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 directing the concert bands and orchestra. He joined the School of Instrumental Music in 1994 as a conducting support teacher and was the Music Director of the Perth Modern School Senior Wind Orchestra from 1989 – 2009. From 1997 – 2015 he conducted the Churchlands SHS Senior Orchestra.
He has been active for many years in the mentoring and developing of young conductors in both wind band and orchestra. In 2010 he was awarded a Citation of Excellence from the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Association.
Bruce has toured Japan, Korea as conductor with the WA Youth Concert Band and Scandinavia with the Australian Youth Wind Orchestra. Bruce was invited as guest conductor for the Queensland State Honours Ensemble Program held at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2009 and again in 2013. Bruce has also conducted the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, City of Fremantle Symphony Orchestra and has lectured at the UWA School of Music to pre-service teachers on instrumental music education.