Asked why San Diego’s School of Rock chose to open an new branch in Encinitas, music director Tyler Ward credits popular demand and sympatico vibe. “We have recently had tons of requests from families in North County for a more central location,” he elaborates. “I worked at Lou’s Records for years and we all love the culture of Encinitas. It’s a perfect fit.”

The new school’s opening coincides with the older San Diego branch’s move to a larger space at Liberty Station. According to general manager Laura Bratlien, “It was time for an upgrade, and Liberty Station feels like the best fit, especially since it is surrounded by kids and students.”

To which Ward adds, “We reached a point where we needed to add more lesson and rehearsal rooms to accommodate our student body. We’ve been interested in moving to Liberty Station for years now....”

After the Encinitas space was nailed down, the school went to work recruiting new teachers.

“We were lucky to find some real heavy hitters,” explains Ward, such as “Marc Deriso [Cults, Japandi], Araby Harrison [Jejune, Jesse LaMonaca], Kevin Higuchi [Gilbert Castellanos], and Clint Sobolik [Jesse LaMonaca, Whiskey Avengers]... We just put on a show dedicated to all the great local bands we have in San Diego and members of those bands played onstage with the students. This included members of Mrs. Magician, Lord Howler, Midnight Pine, Creepy Creeps, Beehive & the Barracudas, and a bunch more.”

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