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New Business Spotlight: Rockers evolve at revived school

September 18, 2011
  • In the main stage room at Evolution Rock School at 435 E. Baltimore St. in Hagerstown stand the owners, from left, Stephanie Musser, Daryl Musser, Chris Figgatt and Cindie Figgatt.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

Name of business: Evolution Rock School

Owners: Cindie and Chris Figgatt, and Stephanie and Daryl Musser

Address: 435 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown

Opening date: Aug. 20, 2011

Products and services: Evolution Rock School is a performance-based rock music school for students ages 5 to adult. We offer instruction in guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals. With some of the best instructors in the area, we offer students two packages to fit their ability and budget. Our performance package offers students one half-hour private lesson per week with one of our instructors and a 1 1/2-hour rehearsal each week with a band of their peers. At the end of the semester (three months), the bands get to “rock out” on stage at a live performance at a rock ’n’ roll music venue with a professional sound crew and videographer on hand to capture the event. With our lesson package, students receive one half-hour private lesson on the instrument of their choice.

Market area: Western Maryland, Franklin County, Pa., and Berkeley County, W.Va.

How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it? The Figgatts’ children and the Mussers’ daughter were enrolled in Hagerstown Rock School. The school closed its doors recently, leaving many sad students and parents who felt a tremendous loss. The Figgatts and Mussers decided that was something too good to let go away. They saw their children, as well as the other students, grow in their musical abilities by leaps and bounds, and connect with each other.

Previous business experience: All four own businesses in addition to Evolution Rock School.

Number of employees: Four

Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Telephone: 240-285-3526

Website: www.evolutionrockschool.com

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