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Daniel Hernandez publishes another rockin' story, "The Punk Rock Kids in the Hall," in the Los Angeles Times about Ramona Hall in Highland Park, which offers kids after-school music education classes and encourages them to perform in their own rock bands.
Raul Martinez can't help but smile. Since 2000, when he started teaching guitar at Ramona Hall on North Figueroa Street, he has built a veritable farm for budding roqueros in northeast Los Angeles. He starts with 9- and 10-year-olds who are pushed to Ramona Hall by parents eager to get their children's hands on something useful when they are not in school.

Once they master enough chords and demonstrate even a mild enthusiasm for the rock 'n' roll dream, Martinez fours them up, lets them pick up some classic rock sheet music from his library and, three power chords later, you've got yourself another rock band.

"They come up with weird names, it's funny," Martinez said. "They have another one called the Tigers."