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Ron was born in Dover, Delaware, the first of 4 children of Linda and Ron Wikso (the first). After finishing their tour of duty in the Air Force, his parents moved the family back to their native Long Island, New York where Ron lived from age 3 until adulthood.

Ron started playing drums at the age of 7 and studied privately with Larry Ramsden while growing up on Long Island. Along with his private studies, he played in several local bands and began playing his first professional gigs around the time he was 12. He also participated in as many of the school bands, orchestras and choirs as he could in an effort to learn as much as possible about music.

After graduating from East Islip High School, where some of his classmates included now world renowned Contemporary Christian artists Kathy Troccoli and Margaret Becker as well as former NFL football player, Boomer Esiason, Ron moved on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts at the ripe old age of 17. \

After studying at Berklee for a year, Ron found himself working quite a bit over the summer in various bands in New York so he decided to stay in New York and continue playing professionally rather than return to college.

Not long after that, Ron embarked on a 4 month engagement playing with a band on the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten…about which he said, “it was a far cry from the cold winters of Boston and New York…I could get used to that!”

Upon returning from the Caribbean, Ron continued to work in New York before again finding himself in the tropics…this time as the drummer in the house band on the Holland America Cruise Ship, SS Statendam. The cruise went to various ports in the Caribbean such as St. Thomas, St. John’s, St. Maarten (again), Aruba, Antigua, Curacao, Martinique, Guadaloupe, La Guaira/Caracas (Venezuela, South America) and Haiti to name a few.

After completing the engagement on the SS Statendam, Ron again returned to New York. He recalled his return trip by saying, “it was January and the temperature, when I left Miami was around 85 degrees and sunny. When I landed at JFK International Airport in New York, it was something like zero degrees, with a wind chill factor that made it feel like negative twenty. Yikes!”

About a month later, Ron decided to take a trip out to Los Angeles to visit some friends he’d met on the cruise and see what LA’s music scene was like. It was February and the weather was gorgeous, so that helped him to make the decision to move out there and give it a shot on the West Coast. He recalled that “my entire reasoning was that I could be a starving musician there too, but at least I wouldn’t need a coat!”

So after that visit, Ron went back to New York for a few months, worked as much as he could so he could save some money, and then at the end of April, loaded up his car and moved out to Los Angeles.

As he started to establish himself in LA, he got to know and work with more and more great musicians, and eventually started getting called for various recording sessions and tours with some of the best musicians and well known entertainers in the world.

Some of the people Ron’s been fortunate to have worked with at various times include:

Steve Miller Band
Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi)
David Lee Roth (Van Halen)
The Storm
Gregg Rolie (Original Lead Singer/Keyboardist for both Santana and Journey)
Eddie Money
CCR (Creedence Clearwater Revisited)
Player (featuring Ronn Moss & Peter Beckett)
Randy Meisner (the Eagles/Poco/Rick Nelson)
Denny Laine (Paul McCartney & Wings/The Moody Blues)
Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon/Cher/Ted Nugent/Jimmy Barnes)
Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf)
Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
George Burns
Sammy Davis Jr.
Peggy Lee
and many others.

Some of the tours Ron’s been on with these artists have taken him all over the world to places in Europe, Asia, Australia and North, South and Central America and have featured other artists such as Bryan Adams, Peter Frampton, 10,000 Maniacs, Deep Purple, The Doobie Brothers, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Paul Rodgers, Journey, John Fogerty and many others.

Ron is also blessed in his personal life to have his significant other, Marcy Requist, as well as his son, Jesse Wikso.

He’s currently touring with the Steve Miller Band and dividing his professional time between live touring gigs and session work, mostly at his private studio, where he records live drums, and coordinates/produces/mixes projects for clients from all over the world.