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La Habra Music’s Summer Recital

La Habra Music Center held its annual summer recital this past June 24th. Every recital we come up with a theme and this recital was no different! We decided to do a Pirate theme this year! We are very proud of our students and teachers who worked hard to participate in the recital. Also thank you to all of the students/guardians/parents for their support! We would also like to extend a very special Thank You to Marla Ladd of the Mysterium Theater for extending the theater to us for our recital! For more information on all of the amazing plays and musicals they put on please find them at


Corona Music Center had a great time performing at The City of Corona’s Garden Festival hosted by the Department of Water and Power. We are very proud of our student, BROOKE! She rocked out a few tunes by her favorite band, Blink 182! We want to thank everyone who came to support us and for awesome performances by Our Found Freedom, Travis Miller, and Jessica Lynn Holtz! We look forward to being a part of Garden Festival next year!

On Saturday April 18th 2015 from 12noon to 3pm, La Habra and Corona Music Center will restring your electric or acoustic guitar when you bring in 4 non perishable canned foods. Your donation will be given to the local food bank.


We are proud of our family! Mark Capalbo passes on the magic of music, appreciation for audiences and ability to evoke emotions to his Upland High School students. See it in the Daily Bulletin

A little fire

We’ve been quiet over these past few months, but we wanted to update you on what’s been going on. In mid January our La Habra location suffered severe smoke damage from a neighboring fire that took place sometime during the night. The results of the damage caused us to close for a long and tiring 3 weeks! We had to replace our carpet and unfortunately lost a lot of equipment due to the smoke damage. During this time we worked very hard to keep our school open for our students and teachers. We would like to thank our students and customers for bearing with us through this hard time, it means a lot to us! We are slowly but surely rebuilding our inventory with all of the great guitars, basses, and gear you have come to love and we are most definitely open for business!

ROCKTOBER Comes to an end

This October La Habra and Corona Music Center celebrated ROCKTOBER! With Sales and events we took time to remember one of the best years in music:1969. We also had a ‘Jamboree’ at our Corona store to end the month! Teachers, parents, friends and students dressed up in their wizard and goblin costumes while jamming with their guitars, keyboards, shakers, drums, and voices at Corona Music Center during the 1st Annual Rocktober Jamboree on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Catered by a potluck of Halloween goodies such as pumpkin bread, bat shaped sugar cookies and candy, musicians of all backgrounds, some meeting each other for the first time, sat elbow-to-elbow in a Jam circle playing familiar tunes such as “Jumbolaya”. This inspiring event lead by Instructor’s Jonny Miller and Darin Eby, was a hit for the students, staff, and parents and anticipate it being even bigger next year.

Corona Music Celebrates Rocktober

At our La Habra location we had our Rockstarts group perform at our local Oktoberfest event! Brandon Grigorian on guitar, Nathan Grigorian on bass, Hayden Herrera on guitar, and Alan Arechiga on drums, rocked the stage with song like ‘All the small things’ from Blink 182 and ‘Another brick in the wall’ by Pink Floyd, ‘Torture me’ by Red Hot Chilli peppers, and ‘Rude’ by Magic!

Rockstarts performing at Oktoberfest

And We finally had a winner for our pick a pick contest! Peter Sigas found the magical ‘1969’ guitar pick in the jar of picks and won a $100 Corona Music Gift Card! Congrats Peter!


Rockstarts Graduates!

Our Rockstarts group had their graduating performance this past Wednesday at our local bowling alley La Habra Bowl. Our Rockstarts band consisted of Jonathan Aguirre on guitar, Hayden Herrera on guitar, and Christian Aguirre on Drums. Special Thanks to instructor Sal Vasquez and Vocalist Rick Lobos.


La Habra musicians share their talents around the world

Ali Tabatabaee and Rusty Anderson have both traveled the world, performing in packed venues with their bands. Tabatabaee rolls with the metal band Zebrahead, and Anderson performs rock music with his Rusty Anderson Afternoon. About the only thing the musicians have in common is that they grew up in La Habra. “People come by and they see a little city and they think ‘Oh, a little city; there’s not much there,'” said Rick Lobos of the La Habra Music Center, a music store that’s called the city home for more than 50 years. “This is like the place to get an education in music.” Musicians hailing from La Habra play everything from rock to hip-hop, country to big band. “That’s what’s really cool about La Habra, is that all the kids have this kind of wide array of different musical taste and they still hang out together,” Tabatabaee said. Justine Dorsey has been singing since she could talk. At 9 years old she was performing in the “The Sound of Music” at the Hollywood Bowl. By 13, she was learning to play the guitar and soon after began writing her own music. The now-18-year-old pop singer performs mostly in Los Angeles, but takes the stage in La Habra on occasion, most recently during the Spring Citrus Fair. Click here to read rest of article

The Return of La Habra Music’s Thursday Night Talent Local Band Plays for Charity

Last Thursday La Habra Music welcomed up and coming band Desolate Motion for their very first performance. Desolate Motion Consist of Darnell Frazier (Vocals), Jacob Benson (Drums), Sterling Lynch (Bass), Owen Swisshelm (Lead Guitar), and Kevin Torres (Rhythm Guitar) all 17 years old . This experimental Metalcore band are local students of La Habra High School. When their teacher Mr. Derek Marshall implored them to seek out a project where they can use the profits for charity they contacted La Habra Music Center for help. We provided the stage, drums, amps, and PA’s for their performance and the quintet took stage at 8 pm to a crowd of friends and family. The band raised $257 and all proceeds will be donated to The Ronald Mcdonald House Foundation.

Desolate Motion

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Kids Rock At The La Habra Bowl

On March 26th La Habra Music had their RockStarts Band’s graduating performance at The La Habra Bowl. The band consisted of George Gonzalez 17 on Drums, Jonathan Aguirre 14 on Guitar, and Hayden Herrera 12 also on guitar. Led by their instructor Sal Vasquez.

The RockStarts programs provide all the latest gear, rehearsal space, a coach and even the other members of the band! Students will rehearse one night a week for eight weeks and then finish off with a Rock concert at a local venue for their friends and family. Again it’s all arranged, the Rock Starts programs provide the staging, the sound and the lighting!

Join us for our next performance!

Wednesday May 28th 2014
La Habra Bowl
370 E Whittier Blvd, La Habra, CA, 90631

La Habra and Corona Music Centers were founded in 1960 by our patriarch Anthony (Toby) Capalbo, Father of current owner Steven P. Capalbo and grandfather to general manager Stevie B. Capalbo. Our mission is to Help You Play Music. We Provide four areas of expertise to you, the local musician.

High Quality Music Lessons

We offer only the finest Musical Instruments at all price levels! We help achieve excellent musicianship though our many private and group music lesson programs. We Facilitate the opportunity for you to hook-up and play-out thru live performances, recitals and our special RockStarts and Rockagain programs We maintain a highly specialized and professional staff of Musicians who can answer the many questions you may have.


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