SSG EJ Ramos began playing the trumpet at the age of 10. He is a graduate of Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, IL. It was here that his passion for music began. During his time at Valparaiso University he was a marching member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps of Rosemont, IL. While with the corps, in 2003, he was named Drum Corps International’s Individual & Ensemble Champion of the Trumpet Division. Ramos has been invited back numerous times to perform at Valpo’s Annual John Phillip Sousa Concert as a guest soloist under the baton of the world renowned Sousa scholar, Keith Brion. In 2006, Ramos was selected as a soloist for the inaugural cast of “INergy”, a group created by Bands of America. Since joining The US Army Band in 2008 he has enjoyed performing with various professional groups in the D.C. Metropolitan Area. He currently plays solo flugelhorn for the Brass of the Potomac conducted by Steve Bulla. His teachers include Chuck Steck, Matt Lee, Anthony Plog, Rafael Glaser, Steven Burns, Edmund Cord, Steven Hendrickson, and Charlie Daval.