Program Director, Student Advocates for Healthy Living in Underserved Demographics
San Diego, California
Born high in the Andes of Ecuador, trumpeter Carlos Roldán is a music educator and ardent advocate for social change. He currently runs the music education program of the California-based Student Advocates for Healthy Living in Underserved Demographics (SAHLUD). Carlos and his team of student volunteers travel throughout Ecuador teaching music classes to children in five impoverished, rural communities. SAHLUD’s influence also extends far beyond music education; its other philanthropic projects provide underserved communities of Ecuador with sustainable, rolling medical clinics; public health education workshops; and provisions for healthier communal living. Participation is free for students and parents.
Carlos is deeply committed to fostering a musical environment that is transformative to the lives of children and their families; consequently, he is working towards implementing many of El Sistema’s philosophies and practices in SAHLUD’s growing music program in Ecuador.
Carlos has performed with groups across California, from the Tulare County Symphony to San Diego’s Westwind Brass Quintet. He received a B.M. in Trumpet Performance with a minor in Biology from San Diego State University.
Photo: Paul Burlingame