Death of Bruce Fraser

The death has been announced of the respected composer, conductor, adjudicator and educationalist Bruce Fraser.

  The death has been announced of composer, conductor and educationalist Bruce Fraser

The brass band world has been shocked by the news earlier today (Friday 17th February) of the death of the respected composer Bruce Fraser DRSAM, following a suspected heart attack. He was aged 69.

A leading educationalist, composer, adjudicator and conductor, he was also a highly respected musician and teacher.

Conducting career

His conducting career started in the early 1980s with Buckhaven & Methill Band. He later worked with a number of Scottish bands including Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly and more latterly City of Discovery and Dysart Colliery.

He led City of Discovery to the Scottish Championship title in 2006.


As a composer he also enjoyed considerable success through publications on the Lomond Music label. His popular works such as 'Imperium' and 'Alta Vista' were used at the National Finals, 'The Seafarers' at the Regional Championships and 'Verona Light' at Butlins. Other works are to be found in the libraries of bands thought the world.

A leading educationalist, composer, adjudicator and conductor, he was also a highly respected musician and teacher4BR


Bruce Fraser was also an active member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators, and judged at the National Finals, the European Youth Championships, the French Nationals and Scottish Championships amongst many others.

For many years he was also a leading educationalist, and was Head of Music at Buckhaven High School.

He leaves a wife Pat and daughter Lynne. Further details will be announced in due course.

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