Bruns’ Story

Originally from a small town in South-West, Ohio Jason Lee Bruns’ (b.1979) passion for drumming took him from buying his first drum set with paper route earnings in 6th grade; to section leader of his high school drum line; to Miami University on a full music scholarship; and to USC’s Jazz Studies program.  


Though Bruns has been based in Los Angeles, since his move there in 2003, he’s often traveling the globe in search of new rhythmic inspiration. Bruns draws on these musical experiences to write and arrange for his 9 pcs retro-soul ensemble BRUNS & BACHÉ  (FKA “Bruns Collective with Kevin Bachelder) – which has performed at top L.A. venues including twice for “Jazz at LACMA” and two multi-city  Japan tours (2017 & 2019). 


He’s self-produced twelve albums – 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, and 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]