Ronnie Gutierrez is an accomplished and versatile percussionist and drummer with decades of experience touring, playing, and recording music worldwide.
Ronnie began his musical journey at the age of four in his hometown of Los Angeles, where the sounds of Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, The Beatles, and his godfather Bobby Montez began to shape his musical sensibilities. His father, 1960s percussion icon Mike Gutierrez, was his earliest inspiration. By age twelve, Ronnie had his own band and was performing for school and church events.
Ronnie attended Dick Grove School of Music in Studio City, California. His private teachers included Dick Wilson, Alan Dawson, John Perrett, and Jeff Hamilton. Ronnie’s credits include concert and album performances with Grammy Award winning artists Al Jarreau, Andrea Bocelli, Jeffrey Osborne, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Brenda Russell, Mariah Carey, Gladys Knight, Macy Gray, Natalie Cole, Babyface, George Duke, Poncho Sanchez, All for One, Clare Fischer, and Dave Koz. He has performed with the California Philharmonic, Germany’s V.D.R. Orchestra, and Holland’s Metropole Orchestra. Ronnie’s band has performed privately for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Former Disney CEO Michael Ovitz, Rod Stewart, Sheri Belafonte and many more. He also played for The Oscars and The Emmys.
Extensive training and experience combined with raw natural talent keep Ronnie in constant demand for recording sessions and live performances. His first album entitled, “LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON,” explores Latin styles ranging from Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Latin Jazz, and Old School Salsa together with his father Mike Gutierrez. When Ronnie performs live with his father, his sister, vocalist Leslie Paula, and their salsa band, it is a vibrant and exciting family affair.