Lt. Cmdr. Bruce J. Mansfield, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, entered the Navy in 2001 and attended recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois. Upon completion of Musician “A” school, he served as a Trombonist in fleet bands in San Diego and Naples, Italy.
His first assignment, upon receiving a commission as a limited duty officer bandmaster in 2010, was as assistant director of the U.S. Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland and shortly thereafter an assignment as the ceremonial band leader and associate conductor of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C.
Mansfield served as the director of Navy Band Northwest from 2014-2018. He was selected for assignment to Navy Postgraduate School through the civilian institutions program in 2018, and completed a Master of Music with an emphasis in wind band conducting at Arizona State University in 2019. He reported to his current assignment as director Navy Band Southwest in 2020.
In addition to his military assignments, Mansfield studied Bass Trombone with Murray Crewe, Peter Sullivan and Dr. Brad Edwards and conducting with Gary Hill, Dr. Jason Caslor, Anthony Maiello, Jeffery Meyer, and David Waltman. He has served as a clinician for bands from all over the United States and in Europe. He served as the Director of Bands at Anne Arundel Community College from 2011-2014, conductor of the Poulsbo Community Orchestra from 2014-2018, and trombone professor at Phoenix college from 2018-2020. The John Philip Sousa Foundation recognized Mansfield and Navy Band Northwest with the Colonel Howard Citation of Musical Excellence.
Mansfield is a Graduate of the Naval War College, holds a Bachelor and Master of Music in Trombone Performance from Duquesne University, a Master of Music in Conducting from Arizona state University and is a Doctoral of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting candidate from Arizona State University. His military decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards).