Professional Experience:

  • Elvis Presley Road Shows split-lead trumpet (1976 -1977)
  • Stan Kenton Orchestra split lead trumpet (1978 – final band)
  • Dunes Hotel, Las Vegas Casino de Paris Show
  • Desert Inn Hotel
  • MGM Grand Hotel
  • Sands Hotel
  • Harrah’s Hotel, South Lake Tahoe

Additionally, Bruce has performed in back-up bands for: Tony Bennett, Glenn Campbell, Wayne Newton, The Temptations, Little Richard, James Brown, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Robert Goulet, Juliet Prowse, The Ames Brothers, Melissa Manchester, Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, Aaron Neville


  • 37 Years brass teaching experience
  • Owner of Bruce Haag Brass Studios 1996 to present
  • Founder- Director of the Pioneer Family Academy Band, Campbell CA
  • Staff at Claude Gordon International Brass Workshops from 1984 -1993. Bruce taught application classes, lectured and performed.
  • Certified Claude Gordon Brass Teacher
  • Concert Tour of Western Europe 1969 with guest artist and legendary virtuoso Raphael Mendéz.
  • Home Church, Campbell CA, Horn Section Lead 1983-2005


  • Stan Kenton: “A Time For Love,” Stan Kenton: “The Lost Concert,”
  • Elvis Spring Tours 77, Elvis Rockin’ Across Texas, Elvis Amarillo


  • De Anza College, Cupertino CA 1972 -1974 Dean’s Honor List
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas 1974 -1975 Dean’s Honor List
  • Private Instruction – Claude Gordon (Trumpet Virtuoso, 1st Trpt. CBS, Author) 15 years of lessons between 1971 and 1994.
  • Private Instruction – Ron Puckett (1st Trpt. Sands Hotel Las Vegas and 1st Trpt Paul Anka) 1974 -1975
  • Private Instruction – Raphael Mendéz (“The World’s Greatest Trumpeter”) 1969-1970

Read More about my lessons with Claude Gordon and Raphael Méndez and what it was like being on the road with Elvis Presley and Stan Kenton

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