Bruce Bodden grew up in Seattle where, as his mother often pointed out, he was raised by wolves. He started playing the flute in fourth grade in the public schools’ music program, and began private study with Dorothy Bjarnason at the age of eleven, when a school levy failed and music programs were in danger of being cut. “Mrs. B.” worried about him a great deal and once threw him out of a lesson for not practicing. After this he practiced more often, and they remained friends. He was accepted (from the waiting list) to the Eastman School of Music where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree studying with Bonita Boyd. This was followed by approximately half a Master’s degree from Boston University, where he studied with Leone Buyse who described him as “a real challenge.” He has been principal flutist of the Spokane Symphony since 1990 and recently completed his 28th set of Nutcracker performances. From 2001 to 2013, he worked in the summers as principal flutist of the Des Moines Metro Opera, a noted regional company in Indianola, Iowa. In 2013, he enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Spokane Falls Community College, earning his AAS degree and becoming a licensed PTA in 2015. He is currently on the physical therapy staff of Deaconess Hospital in Spokane.