The son of a well-known drummer, Ronald Bruner Jr. showed signs that he was poised to follow his father’s legacy as a very small child. Ronald Bruner Jr.'s father introduced him to a wide variety of musical styles, including John Scofield, Steve Kahn, and John Patitucci. Young Ronald played drums listening to cassette tapes and his father taught him to read sheet music as a teenager.
Studying at the Thelonius Monk Institute presented Ronald Bruner Jr. with opportunities to play with Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, and Ron Carter. Ronald Bruner Jr. regularly played with Kenny Garret’s jazz band and performed with his brother, Stephan, in order to create the Young Jazz Giants album.
In addition to performing as a skilled jazz musician, Ronald Bruner Jr. performs with punk rock band Suicidal Tendencies. Ronald Bruner Jr. has also drummed for Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Marcus Miller, Lee Ritenour, Roy Hargrove, Tribal Tech, Larry Carlton, Marcus Miller, Kirk Whalum, Robben Ford, Patrice Rushen, Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges, and Gerald Albright.
Ronald’s first professional gig was filling in for his father at a wedding when he was eleven years old. He bought a new pair of Jordans with his pay.
Ronald credits his father for his ability to play a variety of musical genres. His father taught him that “nothing is hard… it just depends on how much time you put into it to break it down.” His father also told him, “Whatever style of music you play, play it with conviction.”