Danny Ramadan was born Thursday morning on the 23rd of July 1992 to his parents Samira Murtada and Ayman Ramadan. He weighed 9 pounds and 11 ounces. At 8 months, Danny won first place in a baby crawling contest. He attended Northpark Elementary in San Bernardino where he won the writer of the month award in 3rd grade. Danny's first experience with music was with a drum pad in 4th grade. His mother was very supportive of his music education and saw him take more to music during his years at Shandin Hills Middle School where he started to play the trumpet. He came to join the band at Cajon High School where he was an esteemed trumpet...
Danny Ramadan was born Thursday morning on the 23rd of July 1992 to his parents Samira Murtada and Ayman Ramadan. He weighed 9 pounds and 11 ounces. At 8 months, Danny won first place in a baby crawling contest. He attended Northpark Elementary in San Bernardino where he won the writer of the month award in 3rd grade. Danny's first experience with music was with a drum pad in 4th grade.
His mother was very supportive of his music education and saw him take more to music during his years at Shandin Hills Middle School where he started to play the trumpet. He came to join the band at Cajon High School where he was an esteemed trumpet player. His secret lay in dedicated practice; he would take the music his band instructor gave out on the first day and learn it all that same night. He knew that by being prepared he would benefit more from being in band and be able to help out his fellow peers.
Danny was a very skilled trumpet player by end of his high school career and soon he had to make a choice between majoring in Music or History. He always knew that he going to attend California State University San Bernardino which was just down the street from where he lived. Danny decided to major in music education and was very successful his freshman year making second chair in symphonic band. Danny made friends with all sorts of instrumentalist in the tightly knit music community of Cal State San Bernardino. It was also at the end of his freshman year that he met and courted his girlfriend of three years Leslie Gonzalez. The two were very happy together and planned to get married as soon as he had a job as a music educator.
Danny was involved in almost all of the ensembles at Cal State. He was first chair in the symphonic band, and lead trumpet player in the jazz band. He also played with the brass quintet for which he often arranged music. During basketball season he brought along his harold trumpet with a CSUSB banner to play in the pep band. He was also in Chamber Singers and debuted as a soloist in last spring's Choral concert singing the baritone solo of Eric Whitacre's Cloudburst. Apart from all of the music ensembles he was a part of in school, he was also a dedicated community musician and played in the Riverside based jazz band Sozo as well as the Redlands Community orchestra. Recently he had joined a cornet band that played in civil war uniform. During Christmas time, which was his favorite time of the year, he was often seen rushing from gig to gig in various churches under various batons. He loved Handel's Messiah and relished in the opportunity to play the piccolo solo in The Trumpet Shall Sound.
He was an avid collector of trumpets. Among his arsenal he had his Bb, a C trumpet, a piccolo, a Flugel for jazz, and a Harold trumpet that held a banner for CSUSB. His friends often wondered why he was not majoring in trumpet performance and he always replied that it was because of an injury he had acquired when he was younger from playing too hard. Despite his lip injury Danny played on, and the more he played the more it hurt, but his dedication and love for music was far stronger than his pain. It was only a few months ago that he found a solution to his problem, and this along with a trip to Chicago to listen to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra play the Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony changed his life and perspective on music. Danny was finally allowing himself to think about performance as part of his future. He planned to audition at USC, UCLA, and Cal State Long Beach in 2015 to pursue a masters in Trumpet performance. His teachers are all confident that he would have made it.
Danny loved conducting, and in completion of his bachelors he conducted the Cal State San Bernardino Symphonic Band under the advisement of Erick Jester. He conducted Khachaturian's Aegina and Bacchanalia flawlessly. The music was so clear under his baton, one could tell that his whole heart was in it. In his summary of his conducting he wrote: "To my surprise, when I first started to conduct the symphonic band, I was not nervous at all. It felt almost natural.. .. When it came to the final performance, I did not feel unprepared. I was confident in a good performance from not only the band, but from myself… Although there were still parts of my conducting that could have been better, I am very happy at where I stand now…. This experience has truly been beneficial for me, as I feel more confident that I can tackle the responsibility of rehearsing and conducting a high school…" Danny graduated Magna Cum Laude June 14, 2014.
Danny was a musician everybody looked up to and it is clear that he inspired many. He was a silent leader, and kind and just human being. His success may have been due to his belief that "There is a reason to every note and I have to make sure I am aware of that today and for the rest of my life." Danny passed July 3, 2014, he took with him the love and admiration of many people who are sure that he is happy and that he is playing his trumpet with the angels above.