Biography

Bruce Penticoff began writing arrangements during his first term in the Air Force, having enlisted as a trumpeter. During a break in service after four years, he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Florida Atlantic University and then taught high school band in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he wrote for the marching and jazz bands.

In 1982, Bruce re-entered the Air Force as Staff Arranger for the Military Airlift Command Band, Scott AFB, Illinois, where he also completed a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Miami (FL). In 1992, he transferred as Staff Arranger to the Command Band of the Air Force Reserve, Robins AFB, Georgia, serving there until his retirement in 1998. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Bruce taught elementary and middle school music in Titusville, Florida, where he also produced arrangements for his string ensembles and chorus.

While an Air Force arranger, Bruce worked with such notable artists as Gary Morris, B. J. Thomas, The Lettermen, and Crystal Gayle, and he has arrangements and compositions on more than twenty military recordings distributed world-wide. One piece (“The Dream of Flight”) was commended by President Ronald Reagan, and another was cited by the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U. S. Constitution as “A Work of Exceptional Merit With National Significance.” Two other works were selected for inclusion in the Yale University Library archives.

Bruce lives in Cape Canaveral, Florida, with his wife, Suzie.

Commissions & Awards

  • "Battle Hymn" selected as a Top Music Ed Print Product [Concert Band] for 2023

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Featured Works/Titles

  • Battle Hymn Of The Republic

    By: Bruce Penticoff

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