Bruce Fowler

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This article is about the American trombone player. For the American tenor, see Bruce Fowler (tenor). For the American football coach, see Bruce Fowler (American football).
Bruce Fowler
Born (1947-07-10)July 10, 1947
Bruce Lambourne Fowler
Genres Rock, jazz, classical, experimental
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, conductor
Instruments Trombone
Years active 1973 - present
Associated acts Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Ed Mann

Bruce Lambourne Fowler (July 10, 1947)[1] is a prominent American trombone player and composer. He played trombone on many Frank Zappa records, as well as with Captain Beefheart and in the Fowler Brothers Band. Currently, he composes and arranges music for movies, and has been the composer, orchestrator, or conductor for many popular films.

He is the son of jazz educator William L. Fowler, and the brother of multi-instrumentalist Walt Fowler and bassist Tom Fowler. He is the father of Rhea Fowler, bass guitar player for The Naturals. Bruce Fowler is participating in both The Band From Utopia, the Mar Vista Philharmonic, and Jon Larsen's, Strange News From Mars, both feat. Zappa alumni Tommy Mars, Arthur Barrow, amongst others. He also recorded albums with Air Pocket, a band including his siblings among others.

Fowler is the recipient of the 2007 Film & TV Music Awards for Best Score Conductor and Best Orchestrator.


With Frank Zappa/The Mothers of Invention[edit]

With Captain Beefheart[edit]

With The Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band[edit]

With Eric Clapton[edit]

With Stu Nevitt[edit]

With Jon Larsen[edit]

With Stan Ridgway[edit]

With Oingo Boingo[edit]

With Ed Mann[edit]

  • Perfect World - 1990

With Avenged Sevenfold[edit]

Solo works[edit]

  • Entropy - 1995
  • Synthetic Division - 1995
  • Ants Can Count - 1995
  • Inception - 2010


  1. ^ "Bruce Fowler". Retrieved 2013-10-03. 

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