Associate Professor of Music
Master of Music (Conducting) – Shenandoah Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Science (Music Education) – Union College
Bruce Wilson is associate professor of music, director of instrumental music, and conductor of the Washington Concert Winds at Washington Adventist University, a position he has held since 1998. He received his BS degree in music education at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. After teaching at academies in California, Tennessee, and Washington state for fifteen years, he accepted a position at Shenandoah Valley Academy in Virginia, where he led the band and chaired the Music Department for the next thirteen years, from 1985 to 1998. During his tenure there, the band received numerous superior ratings and first place awards.
While at SVA, Wilson established a Support the Arts Program that annually raised money to buy new and updated instruments and equipment for the music department. He also founded an annual Composers Festival, which commissioned seven new sacred compositions for concert band from well-known American Composers, who premiered their works as guest conductors at band festivals held at the academy. He continued this practice at WAU where he commissioned five more works.
Wilson started graduate study at the University of Tennessee and completed a master’s degree at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. He has since done doctoral work at Catholic University in Washington, DC.
In addition to teaching, Wilson has written and arranged over sixty works for Brass Choir. In more than thirty-five years of teaching, his bands have gained recognition for their musical playing of new and challenging works. They have performed at Disneyland, Disney World, Six Flags, and at professional basketball game half time shows. The WAU band is a yearly feature at the Pageant of Peace Christmas program at the White House and travels internationally in alternate years. Four of these trips have been to Europe.
Wilson frequently adjudicates at band festivals throughout the United States and guest conducts at concerts and festivals. He also continues to perform on a regular basis in area brass ensembles.