Mr. Bruce Erskine, received his B.A. and M.M. degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and studied flute with Samuel Baron, Philip Kaplan, and Julius Baker. Mr. Erskine was principal flutist of The United States Air Force Band of the East, principal flutist of the Opera Memphis Orchestra and flutist for the Tennessee Summer Symphony. As a freelance musician, he has performed with many national Broadway show companies and was principal flutist of the Eroica Ensemble. He has performed throughout the United States including performances at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City and at National Flute Association Conventions. He has also performed in Turkey, Cyprus, Ireland, South Africa and has given masterclasses at The Royal College of Music in London and The College of Music in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Erskine was on the faculty of The University of Memphis from 1976 to 2013, the flutist of The Memphis Woodwind Quintet and was awarded Professor Emeritus Status at his retirement. Additionally, he taught at the Hartt College Summer Youth Program and the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. A clinician and adjudicator, he has judged many all-state festivals as well as contests for the National Flute Association and the Music Teachers National Association. Bruce Erskine also served as chairman and coordinator of the Newly Published Music Competition of the National Flute Association for four years.