Matt Bruno Music Home Page

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
-Frank Zappa

Hi. I’m Matt Bruno and I play music.

I started playing music around 1995 and since have been in love with music. While I play many instruments including guitar, bass, banjo, piano, and ukulele, I primarily focus on mandolin and related instruments including acoustic mandolin, octave mandolin, mandocello, electric octave 5 string mandolin, and some tenor guitar every now and then.

This site is a collection of my musical journey through life. Some of the material is original, other material is not. I play a variety of styles including Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Jamgrass, Rock, Folk, and whatever else sounds good to me at the time. In all cases, my goal is to make the music as much “mine” as I can. To put my stamp on it. I’m always up for playing music and always up to learn – and when I’m lucky I get to do both.

I typically play in a few bands at any given time in San Diego, CA where I’m located. Right now my primary projects are playing with Brown Party Liquor String Band (, Shakedown String Band (, and the Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas ( I also have solo projects which can be found on the Recordings page of this site.

I have been teaching a variety of styles of music on multiple instruments for over 20 years. Lessons are tailored towards the student and focus on playing songs, mastering solo work, and music theory. I primarily teach in San Diego, CA or via video chat (i.e. Zoom). Lessons are generally $65 / hour. If you are interested in lessons, please head to the Lessons Page for more details or message me on the Contact Page.

Thanks for visiting my site.