Ron Bruner Jr. was exposed to the drums at a young age when he climbed up on his father’s drums. His father, Ronald Bruner, was a well known drummer, performing and recording with some of the giants of Motown; Diana Ross, the Temptations and Gladys Knight. Ron Jr. began playing at the tender age of two, showing great promise, so his father exposed him to a variety of different styles of music.
Ron started his professional career when he was 15, at the Theolonius Monk Institute, which opened the door for him to perform with many great artists such as Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, and Ron Carter. At 18, he became a regular member of Kenny Garret's jazz band and in 2004, he was involved in the Young Jazz Giants CD with his brother, Stephen. His diversified style is evident by his membership in the punk rock band, Suicidal Tendencies, as well as being a sideman for the likes of Stanley Clarke, George Duke, and Marcus Miller.