Regarded as one of the most versatile and musical drummers in industry today, Jason Benge was born on January 18, 1979, in Hamilton, Ohio. At age 12, he learned how to read music and play drums and percussion in grade school. At age 14, he got his first drum set and taught himself how to play it. By age 15, he was already playing professionally with various Christian and jazz bands. Jason has recently branched out and started singing.
By early 2000, he was an active member of the Cincinnati music scene, playing and recording with a multitude of diverse artists including legendary drummers and artists in Nashville. Active in various realms of creative and avant-garde music, Jason most notably started a very successful Christian band, The Benge Family. They have landed eight top 40’s, three top 20’s and one top ten singles on Christian radio.
Jason has played with countless jazz, rock, funk, R&B, blues, gospel, fusion and ethnic musicians. On the road Jason plays anywhere from 150 to 200 dates a year and performed at a recent NAMM Convention with Victor Wooten.
When Jason is not touring, he divides his time between studio work, producing, session playing, and leading his own group. Jason is also active in the educational field and has conducted numerous clinics in the Nashville, Georgia, and Cincinnati areas, and he also teaches privately. One of his students is Former UFC Middle Weight Champion, Rich Franklin.
Jason is currently signed with the Rick Hendrix Company, a top promotional company located in Nashville. “Jason is one of the best drummers I have ever heard live, and has the attitude to go with it,” says Rick Hendrix.