Bruce has been playing guitar professionally for over 40 years. In the early ’70s, he studied music at Monroe County Community College and Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA. He left Berklee in the spring of ’74 to join a well-established Top 40 band and played full time in various cities throughout Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Canada. “Most of our gigs were in Chicago because that’s where our agent was located,” Bruce recalls.
“After the band broke up, I moved back to the Toledo area and started teaching at Durdel’s while playing gigs with local groups, such as East River Drive, Dixie River Band, Gallery, Masque, Headwind, The Breakaways, Dick Shell Combo, Phoenix, Kid Brother, Airborne, Legal Science, and currently with Backyard Muriel. “I continued teaching at Durdel’s for 18 years, then took an eight-year break to pursue a professional career in the medical field. I never stopped playing out, though,” said Bruce. “I just love it too much to not do it!”
Bruce returned to teaching at Durdel’s in January 2002, and we are glad to have him back. “I love to play and teach all styles of guitar: rock, blues, country, folk, you name it! Personally, guitar has been my hobby, profession, and my inner peace. When I play music, ‘I feel good.’ That’s how it should be for everyone!”
E-mail Bruce for lesson time availability: firstname.lastname@example.org