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Ryan Anthony Music Project 

The Ryan Anthony Music Project (RAMP) is the educators track at the San Diego Summer Music Institute.

Learn more about the 2023 RAMP June 20-23, submit a proposal to present a session and/or apply to attend.

2023 Sponsors and Partners

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2023 RAMP Presenters will be announced Soon

2022 Presenters Included:

Pauline Crooks

San Diego County Office of Education VAPA Coordinator

John Carnahan

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Director of Bands

James Sepulvado

Cuyamaca College Music Chair & Director of Bands

Travis Cross

UCLA Chair of Music & Director of Bands

Geoffrey Radant

San Marcos High School
Director of Bands

Lauren Rausch

San Diego Youth Symphony Program Manager

Nathan Doggett

Marine Corps Staff Sergeant & Enlisted Conductor

Gary Hill

Arizona State University Professor Emeritus

Anne Fennell

San Diego Unified K-12 Music Program Manager

Michael Remson

San Diego Youth Symphony Chief Executive Officer

Anthony Maiello

George Mason University
Professor of Music

San Diego Winds

Professional Wind Ensemble & SDSMI Host

What is RAMP?

RAMP is an innovative new professional development opportunity for music educators presented by San Diego Winds in partnership with Yamaha Corporation of America that takes place during the San Diego Summer Music Institute (SDSMI). The 2024 RAMP will take place Wednesday June 19th on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University. There is no cost to attend RAMP and tickets to the San Diego Winds Concert can be purchased at a discounted rate for RAMP attendees. At RAMP you will have the opportunity to refine your musical and teaching skills with some of the elite musicians and educators in the nation. 

Below you will find information about the 2024 RAMP including the current slate of  presenters, Conducting Symposium, Teaching Lab, Conference Sessions, Performances, Scholarships and more. 

Conducting Symposium

Ten participants get the opportunity to conduct the 1st Marine Division Band from Camp Pendelton while receiving feedback and instruction from master conductors. Participants get five opportunities to conduct three different pieces, receiving feedback in real time on stage followed by a debriefing session where they review a video recording. 


During RAMP you will have the opportunity to attend world class performances included with your registration. These performances will include solo recital and chamber music concerts presented by San Diego Winds musicians, Yamaha artists and musicians from the 1st Marine Division Band. In addition the San Diego Winds full Wind Ensemble will present a special showcase concert Wednesday June 21st at 7:30p.m. with proceeds from the concert going to Cancer Blows and a scholarship fund in Ryan Anthony's name. 


Yamaha Instrument Exhibit 

presented by Bertrand's Music

Looking to purchase new instruments for your program? At RAMP you can try out a whole range of Yamaha instruments, ask questions and get quotes. Bertrand's Music will be there to help you throughout RAMP. 


About Ryan Anthony

RAMP is named after Ryan Anthony, a kid from east county San Diego who became one of the finest trumpet players in the world and started a charity that is working to blow cancer away. Ryan was born May 17, 1969, attended Grossmont and Mt. Miguel High School, studied music at the Cleveland Institute of Music and taught at the Oberlin Conservatory. In 2000 he began performing with the world famous Canadian Brass and in 2004 won a position with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where he would remain Principal Trumpet until he passed away in 2020. 

In 2012 Ryan had just completed a guest appearance with his old group, Canadian Brass and wasn’t feeling well. After the concert, Ryan told his wife, Niki, that he felt like his entire body was “jangling” as he ran off-stage. The Monday after the Canadian Brass concert, Ryan & Niki got the call that no one anticipates or is prepared for – especially with two young children in elementary school – Ryan had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a terminal cancer of the bone marrow that most often appears in patients 65 and older.

When he was diagnosed, Ryan’s goal was to survive long enough to see his children, then just 6 and 11-years-old, graduate from high school. During his transplant, Ryan was overwhelmed with phone calls from trumpet players all over the world. Everyone asked what they could do to help and Ryan jokingly started saying “we’ll all play a concert when I am healthy again and we’ll call it cancer blows”. As the weeks went by, the joke solidified into a real event with an impressive guest list. Soon Ryan & Niki realized the event could be more than just something for fun but could be used to raise awareness and money to further the research that helped give their family a hope for a future.

It is our hope that RAMP helps inspire generations of young musicians as they learn about his musicianship, passion, philanthropy and values. 

Read Ryan's Full Biography Here

Learn about Ryan's Story and Cancer Blows Here

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