Ron Wikso- Drummer
The Caribbean, Cher, and Gregg Rolie
Ron, a native Long Island, New Yorker, started playing drums at the age of seven, and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston at 17. He is best known for working with Cher, Foreigner, David Lee Roth (Van Halen), The Storm, Gregg Rolie (Santana/Journey), and many others. Ron is currently on tour with Steve Miller.
After a year at Berklee, Ron sailed the Caribbean playing on cruise ships and in St. Maarten for a few months. In 1982, he found himself headed out to sunny California, and tried to get any gigs he could. Before long, he was soon making connections in the music scene.
Ron’s first break came in 1989 with Cher, with whom he stayed until 1992. This is where he then began playing full time in Gregg Rolie’s band, The Storm. Ron and Gregg have remained great friends over the years, having recorded and toured together through 2019.
Studio Work and Steve Miller
When Ron is not out touring or doing session work for others, he offers services from his own home studio, including custom drum tracks, and coordinating/producing/mixing various projects for clients from all over the world. Another project Ron has, is with his significant other, Marcy Requist, called Circle of Comfort. The first album they did, released under Marcy’s name in 2016 is called, Covers of Comfort.
On August 19, 2021, Ron received a call saying that Steve Miller’s long-time drummer of 33 years, the great Gordy Knutson, had a last minute personal matter that meant he would be unavailable to perform at a show that was booked on the 21st, only two days later at the Jones Beach Amphitheater in New York. Ron was asked to play in Gordy’s place at that show, which he did, and shortly thereafter, Gordy decided to move on from the band and Ron was asked to join full time.