Bruce McWilliams began his career as director of bands at Fridley High School in Minnesota. Concert bands under his direction were recognized with superior performance ratings, field and parade marching bands were competitive locally and nationally and performed with distinction at Walt Disney World in Orlando. In 1997, McWilliams was named director of bands at Waubonsie Valley High School in Naperville/Aurora, Illinois. Under his tutelage the WVHS Wind Ensemble received critical acclaim for performances of “A Child’s Garden Of Dreams” by David Maslanka, “Symphony in Bb” by Paul Hindemith, and “a mountain rising nowhere” by Joseph Schwantner. In 2000, McWilliams led an 85-student performing tour of Beijing and Xi’an, China. McWilliams then led band programs at the Waterford School in Salt Lake City, Utah and most recently at the Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland.
Throughout his teaching career, McWilliams has remained active as a performer on the trumpet—most recently in the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra in Baltimore. McWilliams maintains a home studio where he creates projects utilizing wind synthesis. As a student of Mallory B. Thompson, McWilliams received a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of South Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from St. Olaf College.