What were you doing last Sunday?
No matter what it was, chances are it wasn’t half as awesome as what Juan-Carlos Alarcon had going on. You see, Juan Carlos is a musician from Bristol and he got to experience something most of us can only dream about. Last Sunday, Juan-Carlos was on stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles because a recording he was part of had just won – not one, but – three Grammys! “I still can’t believe it,” he says.
Juan-Carlos was part of ensemble of young Hispanic-American performers that made the award-winning CD “American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom.” It is an emotional and timely set of songs and spoken word that feature artists from around the country who are “Dreamers,” the undocumented residents of the U.S. who were brought here as children.
For Juan-Carlos, Elkhart County is home. “I love being involved with people in my own backyard,” he says. He believes this local connection provides added incentive for him to be involved. Juan-Carlos says that one outcome of his experience with the Grammy award winning project is “a higher commitment to get out there and share music with others and educate kids.”
Juan-Carlos is a student at IUSB. His ambition is to be a music teacher and he is preparing himself well. He is on the board of the Elkhart Symphony as well as serving as that organization’s Librarian. He is an officer on several campus organizations. He is also involved in educational programs at Pierre Moran and Roosevelt schools.
By no means is the Grammy award going to be the pinnacle of Juan Carlos’s life. “It was a huge blessing,” he says, “but it is not the end.” He believes that he has a calling to “lift, teach and inspire.”
Hey, Elkhart County School systems: If you are looking for a dynamic, skilled and highly motivated teacher with a great story to tell, we know of one who will be graduating in December. And now you do too.
Congratulations, Juan-Carlos. For your Grammy winning performance and just being you. You make the rest of Elkhart County proud.