Bruce Bollerud was born and raised on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin. His parents were Norwegian- American. Bruce was introduced to music at an early age when he attended house parties in the neighborhood with his family. He began to play the bandonion (a concertina- like instrument ) at age 10. Soon he was playing house parties with local old-time fiddlers Herman Erickson and Johnny Homme. He took piano lessons and played trombone in the high school band. He began to play piano accordion when he was 15. He has played with area old- time dance bands including, The Rhythm Ramblers, Roger Bright, Verne Meisner, Simpson's Night Hawks, Dick Sherwood, and The Goose Island Ramblers, and his group The Good Time Band. Bruce's earliest musical training and experience was the music of the house party which was largely Norwegian with some of the old pop two steps thrown in. Also by Bruce Bollerud: "Uffda, Let's Dance!: Scandanavian House Party Tunes for Accordion."