Albert Henry Bruffey, 50, a section manager for the NCR Corp. here and a free-lance musician for more than 30 years, died Monday at Washington Hospital Center. He had a heart ailment.

Mr. Bruffey joined NCR (then the National Cash Register Co.) in the early 1950s. He was a personnel manager, then a secton manager in the company's district office in Washington. The office was moved to Rockville in 1974.

A native of Washington, he graduated from Anacostia High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from George Washington University.

Mr. Bruffey was encouraged to play the saxophone by his father, the late George W. Bruffey, a saxophonist with the Navy Band for 15 years.

He was a member of the Anacostia High School band and played in George Washington University's pep band and "Colonial Combo" dance band, which he and his wife, the former Doris Severe, organized.

He also was a musician with the old Arm8 Air Corps' Strategic Air Command band.

For more than 30 years he performed at social functions in this area with dance bands he managed on a free-lance basis. The groups were billed as "Music by Al Bruffey."

Mr. Bruffey lived in Bethesda and was active in the Cub Scouts, the y-Indian Guides and the Children of the American Revolution, where he had served as senior state chaplain and senior state librarian-curator and Corresponding secretary.

He was a charter member and president of the Gen. William Smallwood chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, a chapter member and commander of the Roger B. Taney Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and a former president of the First Church of Christ Scientist in Chevy Chase.

He received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the D.C. Jaycees, of which he was a member.

Besides his wife, survivors include two children, Priscilla and Scott, all of the home; a sister, Betty Krausman, of Ocala, Fla.; and two brothers, George W., Jr., of Lubbock, Tex., and Robnrt D., of Atlanta.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Gen. William Smallwood Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, c/o R. C. Schlenker, 4112 Heathfield Rd., Rockville, Md. 20853; to First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chevy Chase, Md. or to the Bethesda Meeting House Restoration Fund. CAPTION: Picture, ALBERT H. BRUFFEY