Los Angeles, CA 90095-1657
Keywords: Latin America, Comparative Latin America
Latin legend and Grammy nominated artist Dr. Bobby Rodriguez is a trumpeter, dynamic leader, charismatic performer/entertainer, gifted composer/arranger, author, and an award-winning educator.
This Doctor of Music is a role model for young people who also come from humble beginnings. Born and raised in East Los Angeles he began studying trumpet at age ten. After serving in the US Army, he began his college education. He returned to school after twenty-one years to complete his Bachelor's degree in 1998 at California State University, Long Beach, his Master's degree in 2001 at California State University, Los Angeles, and his Doctorate in 2006 at the University of California, Los Angeles. "If Dr. Bobby can do it, so can you," is his mantra. Presently he is director of LatinJazz ensembles and jazz trumpet at UCLA, UC Irvine, and the LatinJazz Ensemble at Pasadena City College.