12 he was giving piano lessons and later organized country
& western bands. Later he used "country" music
harmonic and rhythmic patterns in many of his records for
children (which were really for adults also).
to the University of Alberta in Edmonton to study music he
was rejected because he couldn't notate, or write down, music
Instead of music he studied and received his degree in psychology
at Edmonton. During his University days in Edmonton
he wrote and taped music for theatre productions, had a band
and also a weekly radio show. Bruce met Charles Laughton who
introduced the idea of going to New York City.
from Edmonton he received a Canadian government scholarship
to attend the Julliard School in New York City to study composition
with Vincent Persichetti. A tape was sent of a composition
of Bruces to Juilliard that somehow led to the scholarship.
What composition that was submitted is not known.
In 1954 Bruce
arrived in New York City in as he put it, "with a chicken
sandwhich and 60 dollars".
The change from Alberta and Edmonton to New York City must
have been radical to say the least.
He dropped out
of Julliard's composition program in 8 months. But his musical
efforts were to continue full force after Julliard.
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