Born and raised in the Netherlands, Ron started out beating rhythms on his mom’s pots and pans before getting his first real drum at the age of 4. During his childhood he joined the local drumcorps and got a ‘no brand’ green sparkle 4 piece drumkit. At age 12 he became Dutch champion in rudimental drumming. Following his passion for drums and musicianship, Ron studied Classical Percussion at the conservatory of Tilburg (NL) and Jazz drums at the Maastricht conservatory (NL).
After graduating in 1993, he was asked to join the teachers staff at the Maastricht conservatory, where he still teaches to this day. Van Stratum is known for his ability to play a variety of musical styles such as jazz, pop, worldmusic, latin, R&B, rock, and his outstanding sensitive way of comping for singers.
Over the years Ron has played and worked with countless bands and musicians, to name just a few: Randy Brecker, Brian Bromberg, Mike Mainieri, Jim Beard, Scott Kinsey, Bob Sheppard, Jimmy Haslip, Mike Stern, John Beasley, Chris Minh Doky, Robben Ford, Eric Miyashino, Nigel Hitchcock, Eric Gale, Bob Militello, Billy Cobham, Christoph Eidens, Andy Middleton, Lynle Marthe, Emiel van Egdom, Sam Vloemans, Henk de Laat, Mike Roelofs, Wilbert Kivits, Nadine Nix, Hakim Ludin, Peter Hermesdorf,
Frank Peeters, Roman Korolik, Jon Herington, Sabine Kühlich, Martin Verdonk, Dirk Schreurs, Jo Lemaire, Margriet Eshuijs, Bart Fermie, Gerard van Maasakkers, Surfcake and many, many more.....
Besides playing sessions, teaching and leading his own projects, Ron is the drummer for Nadine Nix’s band, Enrique Tarde and Henk de Laat . To this day Ron has 3 CDs out as a leader. Having his own (drums)studio, Ron can provide online drumtracks for your recording projects. He also has mixed and mastered recordings for various artists.