Daniel Bruce has been performing music on a professional level since the age of seventeen when he began playing and recording with local acts in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. He attended Bowling Green State University on a music scholarship, where he studied both classical and jazz guitar. Daniel has held faculty positions at Muskingum College and Cuyahoga Community College, where he taught ear training, jazz history, and applied guitar. In 2004 Daniel was awarded a graduate teaching fellowship at the University of North Texas, where he directed a lab band and two guitar ensembles, and taught applied jazz guitar while pursuing a master's degree in jazz studies. He completed his master's degree in December of 2006, and is currently teaching and performing in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
Daniel has performed with groups from various genres, including the Broadway productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Parade, and Chicago, and has maintained an active career as a jazz and classical performer. In September of 2004 Daniel's arrangement of George Gershwin's "Embraceable You" was published in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, and he remains a regular contributor. In January of 2005, he was a featured guest with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. In the fall of 2005 he joined Lynn Seaton for a project aimed at performing and recording the music of guitarist Emily Remler.
Daniel has performed with a number of the top musicians in the Midwest and Texas including Lynn Seaton, Dan Wall, Stefan Karlsson, Fred Hamilton, Marvin Stamm, Greg Bandy, Kenny Davis, Jeff Halsey, Chris Buzzelli, Russell Schmidt, Jack Schantz, Bill Sears, Dominic Spera, Brent Wallarab, and Luke Gillespie.
Daniel has recorded with Lynn Seaton, Dan Wall and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Bobby Selvaggio, J. Scott Franklin, Infinite Number of Sounds, The University of North Texas L-5 Guitar Ensemble, and The UNT 2'Clock Lab Band. Daniel released A Single Thread, his first album as a leader in January of 2007.
"Daniel Bruce is without a doubt one of the finest of today's young jazz guitarists. He
plays with great creativity, soul and intelligence. Daniel is a fine musician by anyone's
-Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine 2007
"Dan Bruce is a lyrical musician with a thoroughly modern bent based on a firm grasp
of the tradition. I have enjoyed playing with him on many occasions".
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced