Remembering Danny Ramadan, Student Musician

Remembering Danny Ramadan, Student Musician
Danny Ramadan

Danny Ramadan

A benefit concert to raise scholarship funds in memory of Cal State San Bernardino alum and musician Danny Ramadan, who died in a car accident in June 2014 just days after he graduated, will take place Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Santos Manuel Student Union.

The event will start with a 6 p.m. reception, with the concert to follow at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, with all proceeds going to a scholarship fund named after Ramadan.

Tickets may be reserved online at the CSUSB Music Department website at, at the music department box office in the Performing Arts building on campus, or at the door the day of the concert. Complimentary parking will be in Lot D.

“This concert will be a celebration of Danny’s life in music,” said Erik Jester, director of bands at Cal State San Bernardino. “I can think of no person who was more dedicated as a musician and as a student, here at CSUSB. He performed in nearly every ensemble, including the Brass Ensemble, Jazz Band, Chamber Singers and Symphonic Band.

“As a tribute to him, each of these ensembles will be a part of the benefit concert,” said Jester, who was Ramadan’s adviser for his senior project. “Danny was an extraordinary and gifted young man. When there are no words left, we are turning to music, not only to express our sense of loss, but to celebrate his life.”

Ramadan, an honor student and musician whom CSUSB music professors called the university’s “top trumpeter,” was 21 when he died. He and his girlfriend, Leslie Gonzalez, were on their way to Redlands on June 16 when the car he was driving collided head-on with a Mitsubishi Eclipse that, according to authorities, had crossed the double yellow line on Little Mountain Road. The driver of that car, identified by police as Jose Luis Zacarias, was killed in the collision.

Gonzalez suffered a broken arm and leg, a fractured shoulder and fractured disk in her lower spine. Ramadan was put on life support after the accident, and on July 3, it was turned off.

Yet Ramadan’s spirit will live on through the scholarship, Jester said.

“The Ramadan family has established an endowed scholarship in Danny’s name to award to a deserving student that exhibited those qualities that were evident in Danny: a high level of talent and musicianship as well as a strong dedication to academic success,” he said. “While preference will be given to a trumpeter, as Danny was, other outstanding students may be considered.”

For more information on the concert, contact the CSUSB music department at (909) 537-5859 or visit its website at For ticket information, contact the music box office at (909) 537-7516.

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