Woodwinds: Mr. Greg Bruce
Greg Bruce, M.Mus., is a woodwind player, composer, and educator from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. As a veteran of the indie, classical, jazz, and experimental music scenes of his hometown, he can be heard playing with a wide variety of groups and on numerous recordings. In addition to having thoroughly toured Eastern Canada, he has performed in the U.S. and Europe.
Greg’s main creative output for the past several years has been composing for and leading the award-winning “world-beat-party-jazz” group Ouroboros.
In 2017, Greg was commissioned by the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra to write Spear and Sand, which was premiered in April 2018.
Greg has also composed for solo saxophone, done extensive horn-section arranging, and composed for chamber ensembles using graphic scores.
Greg has over 15 years of teaching experience, working as a private teacher and as a sessional lecturer at Memorial University. Greg has adjudicated festivals and competitions, and has led countless masterclasses and workshops, including his Horn Jam! Youth improvisation series.
Currently, Greg is splitting his time between Ontario, where he studies at the University of Toronto, and his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
As part of the Doctor of Musical Arts program at U. of T., Greg is researching, composing, and performing analogue electroacoustic saxophone music. He is also composing for a newly invented saxophone-feedback system. Additionally, Greg is a Teaching Assistant in several saxophone performance classes, and participates in ensembles such as the Graduate Saxophone Quartet, the Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Percussion Ensemble.