Mark Langford is a classically trained guitarist-turned-entrepreneur whose sound-engineering credits include Mother Teresa (yes, THAT Mother Teresa) and whose tour support credits include the late John Entwistle (the Who) and Steve Howe of Yes. “
I have 40 years of pro-level experience. When the recession hit and things slowed down, I said, What am I gonna do?” His wife Darlene, who runs a six-person sewing shop in the same building, encouraged him to make the Rock and Roll San Diego School of Music and Recording Arts a reality in summer 2011.
Housed behind Soma on Sports Arena Boulevard, with students averaging age eight to twelve, the campus recording studio is tiny but well-equipped. The business offers private lessons, 6-week and 12-week group classes, and summer camps. It is a one-stop shop for child rockers. The 8000-square-foot facility includes a photo studio, a record label, a music publishing company, and a booking agency. The place also contains a maze of practice rooms, a kitchen, showers, musicians’ lounge, and a weight room.
“But the biggest part of the business is the rehearsal studios,” says Langford.