His prowess as a performer is equalled by his talent in composing, arranging and teaching. During his 62 plus years of private teaching, he has expressed the joy of jazz to more than 3000 students, many of whom went on to become professional musicians. He is an important music educator in the United States, of whom former students Bill Frisell, Mark Patterson, Tim O’Brien, Pat Donahue, and Mark Simon can attest. Additionally, other established professional musicians have studied with him, such as Tonk Edwards and Rich Chiaraluce. It is of little wonder that he has a waiting list of people who want to study with him. As a performer, he is one of the most skilled musicians in the world. Audiences around the world only need exposure to his playing to come to appreciate this truth about him. Until then, they can content themselves with any one of his recordings. Mr. Bruning lives in Thornton, Colorado.