Bruns’ Story

Jason Lee Bruns was born in 1979 in the small farming village of Coldwater (South-West Ohio) and grew up in Vandalia (suburb of Dayton, OH).  Bruns passion for drumming quickly took him from buying his first drum set with paper route earnings in 6th grade (exaggerating his age to get the job);  to section leader of his high school’s drum line (Vandalia-Butler High School); to Miami University (OH) on a full-ride music scholarship; to USC’s Jazz Studies program (Southern California); to studying traditional folkloric rhythms in many far off places around the world. 


Bruns is the founder/bandleader/drummer of the 9pc retro-soul ensemble BRUNS & BACHÉ  (FKA “Bruns Collective with Kevin Bachelder). They have been performing at top L.A. venues for over a decade, including twice for “Jazz at LACMA” and two multi-city  Japan tours (2017 & 2019). They have released 6 albums produced by Bruns, most recently the soundtrack for the movie Ballroom


Since 2007, Bruns has been traveling the globe frequently to study influential drumming traditions in their places of origin (e.g. Brazil, Cuba, West Africa, Caribbean, Japan, India,  etc…).   Oftentimes bringing back transcriptions/instrument for the furtherance of his own craft and as repertoire for the secondary World Drumming Ensembles he founded and directs at Campbell Hall (private k-12 school in Southern, CA) since 2005.


He’s self-produced twelve albums under his own boutique label (Golden Handcuff Records) – including two that charted in the top-10 and holds a B.M. degree in Classical Percussion, M.M. degree in Jazz Studies (USC) and Master’s Certificate in Music Production (Berklee). Notable projects include Beck’s Sound & Vision, Game of Thrones, Louis Price (The Temptation) , and 2x BBC Jazz Awards winner, Liane Carroll.


Academic Credentials

  • Masters of Music (jazz studies) – University of Southern California
  • Masters Certificate (music production) – Berklee
  • Bachelors of Music (percussion) – Miami University
BRUNS featured in Shoutout L.A.[read article]