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Huntington Beach, CA

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I've been teaching contemporary drum set in Orange County for over a decade, and many of my students have gone on to not only play and read notated drum set music with ease, but have continued their studies at arts high-schools and music colleges, with several of them continuing on to the professional world. I use an award winning curriculum used at many music academies and conservatories, and have received accolades for my ability to retain many students for many years. Within the first few lessons, a new student will be able to understand the basics of rhythm and snare drum notation, play a plethora of relatable and cool sounding grooves, and build a foundation that will serve the student for a life time.

About Michael
Hi! My name is Michael and I am excited at the prospect of teaching you or your child...

I absolutely love to teach, but not just because of my love for the drums or my life-long appreciation of music, but because of my enjoyment of people and the learning process itself. I feel that this is important to mention, because if I didn't enjoy what I did and take pride in working with people, then my teaching skills, curriculum, and experience would mean nothing. As anybody who has played a musical instrument can attest to, learning something new is difficult, and having a patient teacher who enjoys working with people is mandatory.

Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to study with some amazing teachers, including Carmine Appice (author of “Realistic Rock” and drummer for Rod Stewart, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Jeff Beck), J
ason Lingle (Berklee School Of Music), Keith Harris (drummer for The Black Eyed Peas) and Lee Nichols, to name a few. My experiences with these teachers has led to a proficiency in rock, jazz and Latin, as well as the ability to convey these concepts in a manner that promotes patience, personal challenge, and constant progress.

Besides teaching private lessons at many local facilities, I have had the opportunity to teach group classes at dozens of elementary and middle schools, including schools in the Westminster, Ocean View and Huntington Beach school districts. I have also aided many students into attending the arts high-school/college of their choice by working with them to properly read and perform all audition material.

Whether you are a brand-new beginner or a seasoned student of the instrument, I am confident that I can take your playing to the next level. Oh yeah, we will also have a great time. Maybe you don’t know yet, but playing the drums is FUN. Give me a call and I will prove it to you.

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I teach using the Freddie Gruber method, which promotes a natural grip of stick and the idea that we should allow the stick to “do what it wants to do” by using natural and fluid motions. This is an incredibly effective style of play and is used by drummers such as Neil Peart, Dave Weckl and Steve Smith.

I teach with an emphasis both on rudiments and hand technique, as well as drum-set exercises and genre study. I encourage practice to be done on a rubber practice pad
as well as on the drum-set, and for brand-new beginners, I often recommend that the practice pad be used exclusively for the first several weeks or months to allow for a great understanding of basic grips and hand techniques. This is especially true when the new beginner doesn't yet own a drum-set. I am often asked, “does my child need a drum-set to take lessons?” The answer is always a resounding “not at all!” A pair of sticks and a practice pad will do the trick, and will also allow you, as the parent, to see your child’s level of involvement.

Within the first 3 to 6 months of lessons, my students can expect to:

- Properly play and understand a handful of rudiments, including the single and double stroke rolls, the paradiddle family, as well as several flam and drag rudiments.
- Play and begin properly reading many different drum-beats and rhythms, and connect these beats using fills that are fun and sound cool.
- Begin learning songs of the their choice, from Metallica to Miles Davis.

I am also inspired by many different educational sources, including the textbooks:

- Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone
- Rockin’ Bass Drum by Charles Perry and John Lombardo
- Realistic Rock by Carmine Appice
- The Art Of Bop Drumming by John Riley
- The Drummer’s Bible by Mick Berry and Jason Gianni
- Haskell Harr’s Drum Method

…as well as many other awesome texts that provide both classic and contemporary concepts that are challenging, and most importantly, sound really cool.

I teach out of an awesome private studio that features 2 drum-sets (the student never needs to get off the drum-set), recording equipment (lessons are often recorded and cited later) and a great headphone sound system (for effectively learning and playing along with songs.) Simply put, I believe my studio is the most fun and efficient place to study the drums in Orange County.

Whether you are a drum-line student who needs help playing a piece, a rock drummer who wishes to learn the basics of jazz (or vice versa), or a brand-new beginner who wants to see what this whole drumming thing is all about (spoiler: it’s awesome), I have the patience, the passion and the skills to help you get the most out of this wonderful instrument. Let’s play the drums!

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I teach out of an awesome private studio that features 2 drum-sets (the student never needs to get off the drum-set), recording equipment (lessons are often recorded and cited later) and a great headphone sound system (for effectively learning and playing along with songs.) Simply put, I believe my studio is the most fun and efficient place to study the drums in Orange County.

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*** Specialties ***
Years of teaching group classes to elementary and middle school students has given me lots of experience with a multitude of learning styles. My specialty lies in not only conveying lessons and concepts in an easy to understand manner, but doing so in a fun way that encourages progress. Simply put, you will want to practice, simply to see exercises and grooves evolve.

While I am most proficient in rock music and have played in many rock bands, I am also very proficient in formal snare playing (marching/classical) as well as standards in jazz and Latin.
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Eddie R. July 19, 2017
· Drum · In home
I can't recommend Mike enough! I always wanted to learn drums but it felt daunting and somewhat inaccessible to me. From my first lesson with Mike, that changed completely. I left his studio feeling like I could absolutely learn to play. In just one lesson I learned a lot about proper technique, reading music, etc. without feeling overwhelmed or bored. Mike explains everything clearly while also making it fun to learn. And, most importantly, he has a clear (and proven) structure to his lesson plans. Concepts are taught in a cumulative manner so that each lesson you make progress towards a clearly defined goal - a goal that you get to help define, be it a specific song you want to learn or a certain skill/level to attain. Mike is knowledgeable about the subject matter and provides insightful tips and homework to make sure you're learning the right skills in a fun and challenging manner. If you want to learn drums, Mike is your guy.
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Ryan C. July 11, 2017
· Drum · In studio
My son started learning the drums at age 5. Not only is he able to keep a beat but he is learning to read music. He is also being taught proper drumming techniques and that there is more to it than just banging sticks. Within these past two years, Mike built his confidence and gave him enough skills to go perform at his school's talent show. Each lesson my son comes out smiling and has a sense of accomplishment. He says his lessons are fun and that Mike is a cool teacher. Mike shows that he loves to teach and I couldnt be more pleased!!!!
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Shane R. March 18, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Michael is extremely knowledgeable about drumming. He relates to a 13 yr old advanced drummer teaching and having fun at the same time. Excited to work w Michael again
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Michael C.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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About Danny B.

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I've been teaching drum set for 5 years. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to properly hold a pair of sticks and as time goes on you'll be able to effectively keep time, and play along to songs. I specialize in rock, fuck, pop, and blues drumming. In my lessons I typically us the instructional books Syncopation by Ted Reed and the Drummer's Bible by Mick Berry. At lessons I have two drum sets, drum pads, sticks, brushes, music stands, and various drum books. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and am excited to teach.

About Danny
I have been playing and performing the drums for the past 10 years.

In a teaching situation I try and provide a relaxed and friendly environment in order to learn a students strengths and weaknesses. I want students to be able to learn at their own pace, and not to worry if they think they are not learning quickly enough.

I generally work as a for hire musician playing for various acts in the styles of rock, funk, blues, jazz, and even movie scores.

I have toured throughout California and have had the privilege to open for such artists as A Flock of Seagulls, Jennifer Leitham, Daniel Glass, and Jack Sheldon.
I have recorded drums for movies including Stomp the Yard, and Obsessed; played with acts such as Big Dave LIttle, Brett Copeland, and Kenji Igus. I have played with such jazz musicians including Richard Simon and Roger
Neumann.

I attended the AVPA from 2006 to 2009 and have a degree in Psychology.

*** Lesson Details ***
In the lesson setting I want the student to become as comfortable with the drums as possible. I like to maintain a relaxed environment, allowing the student to move at his or her own pace. This in mind, I believe the fundamentals are the most important to learn.

Students will first learn the basic hand techniques needed for accomplished drum playing, before moving on to more complex ideas behind groove, and feel. Reading music and keeping effective time will be emphasized in early lessons.

I also like to teach students that drums are a musical instrument that is typically played with other musicians. A student will learn how to play and interact well with other musicians in a variety of musical settings.

I use a combination of books for teaching including:
Syncopation by Ted Reed
The All-American Drummer by Charley Wilcoxon
The Drummer's Bible by Mick Berry and Jason Gianni
Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone
I will also use various drum charts and exercises as well as the use of videos and recordings.

After 3 to 6 months a student will be able to read drum notation and rhythms at a competent level and will be able to play basic drum beats on the drum kit as well as have a basic understanding of how to play with other musicians in various styles of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment includes two drumsets, drum pads, sticks, and instructional material.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Can bring drums if necessary, would prefer to bring a drum pad.
Expect the student to have drums.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues
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Meghan April 19, 2017
· Drum · In home
Danny is a great teacher - he's really patient and encouraging and my son adores his lessons and looks forward to them every week. Danny has a way of making him both take it seriously and also think he's having the most fun and is a natural. I high;y recommend him.
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Culver City, CA 90230
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About Brian R.

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Ready to start playing the drums? I teach drum lessons to beginners, intermediate and advanced players.

About Brian
I'm a 30 year old professional musician who has been playing drums and percussion for the last 16 years. I've taught for a respected music studio in Connecticut and I continue to teach here in Los Angeles. I have played in numerous bands and toured the United States, Europe and Central America. The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms.

I teach drum-set and various types of hand percussion such as bongos, djembe, darbuka/doumbek and congas.

*** Lesson Details ***
I've always thought that learning should be fun. I consistently try to bring a creative and laid-back approach to teaching drums. After the first lesson most students realize that I don't take myself too seriously. Sometimes certain techniques or exercises can be tiresome or even boring. When this
occurs, I switch gears and move on to something else. In my opinion, if a student is getting very frustrated it is generally best to relax and try a different exercise or beat. If we can't enjoy ourselves then what is the point?!

*** Equipment ***
I expect a student to have at least a pair of sticks and a pad. Eventually they will need a metronome for practicing and if they are serious a drum-set at some point. If you'd like to learn hand percussion I recommend having a hand drum of some kind.

*** Specialties ***
The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms. I teach from the heart and develop a natural feel for my students. I also use multiple books mixed into my teaching.
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Jessie July 19, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Quality drum teacher. I took lessons with Brian for about a year and his teaching style is relaxed compared to other drummers I studied with. I never felt rushed with the exercises, we always went at my pace. I recommend this teacher.
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Hector June 22, 2017
· Bongo · In home
Cool down to earth teacher, amazing on drums / bongos. I'm a beginner and just bought some bongos so I wanted a few lessons to get myself started. Our first lesson was a blast and I'm gonna continue to take more lessons with Brian when I am able to.
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Don September 30, 2015
· Drum · In home
Brian is a very intuitive teacher. I was a drum student of his when he lived in Connecticut. He was able to unlock my creative ideas on the drum set in ways I never thought possible. I highly recommend Brian to anyone looking to learn drums on a deep level.
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Brian R.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
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About Spencer L.

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I have been drumming for 12 years now. I have studied and performed with many instructors and artists since the age of 15. Early on I studied jazz drumming with local drummers, Sinclair Lott, Matt Slocum and Peter Erskine. While attending the Macy Gray Music Academy in 2008 I studied drums with renowned musicians Stacey Lamont Sydnor and Al Pahanish Jr. During that time I was also performing with the Grammy Award Winner singer-songwriter Macy Gray. During high school I travelled and competed in many jazz festivals and won various awards including recognition in Downbeat magazine. I spent a summer at Berklee School of Music in Boston and studied under the great Larry Finn and Mark Walker. I I continued to study in college with Jason Harnell and recently received my bachelors of Music Performance from the University of California Irvine in 2014.

About Spencer
Hello future students!

My name is Spencer Lere. I have been touring, recording and performing music for over 12 years. I have been a student of music and drumming studying diligently in and outside of school for around 10 years.

I'm recently finished studying and received my degree at the University of California Irvine for music performance. Through the various private lessons I have taken, I've learned many aspects to music education that help me with my students (you). I have been teaching music privately and in local schools for over 6 years now.

My goals as a teacher is to inspire students to create, perform and continue studying music.

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I want every student to have a good time during their lesson, but I also expect a lot out of them, in practice and creativity. Depending on their ability and a
ge, different techniques/approaches will be taught. I generally try to make each lesson true to an actual musical experience in which the student can take what they learned home or to the stage. Focusing on the fundamentals is key to growth and independence in music. I'll work with each student individually on what they need to, what they want to learn and enjoy.

After a few months of practice, students will be able to play complete songs and grooves, they will be able to keep solid time, and will have developed basic tools to improvise and solo.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Two drum sets, PA, recording equipment, upright piano, amps for guitar and bass, instruments and ear protection headphones.
The space is used for recording and rehearsals and is sound isolated.

*** Travel Equipment ***

I can provide all instruments I teach. But in most cases I prefer that each student has their own instrument/software. It's very difficult to practice without an instrument.

*** Specialties ***

My methods are to inspire students to play, perform, create, and more important practice. I try to make each lesson a fun experience as well as informative. I like to drill the fundamentals but work with each student individually on what they enjoy and want to learn.
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Alison P. August 12, 2014
· Drum · In studio
Spencer has a true gift in the world of drumming. He is an excellent drummer, as well as a very effective teacher. He quickly knows where a student's weak spots are, and what to do to improve his/her skills quickly. He does this with lessons that are fun and motivating. He has great energy, and is a good listener. He is a great teacher, and can easily adjust his technique to match the needs for a child, a teenager, or an adult. I have no regrets...
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Spencer L.

Spencer L.

Los Angeles, CA 90013
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About Mariano L.

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My experience spans over 25 years of performing and teaching every drumming style. Each lesson will include period of rudimental work, rhythm reading, and playing different styles behind the drum set. I believe in creating an environment that is focused on playing music well and where the student can have fun while gaining confidence. It is important to develop drummers into functional musicians with good technique, reading skills, and time. We will cover all styles of drumming from jazz to rock/pop, including funk, progressive, all of the Latin styles, even hybrid drumming and other percussion as desired.

About Mariano
My experience as a performer and teacher ranges from early music to today's rock and pop, including various percussion instruments from around the world. When studying for my bachelors and masters degrees in music, I did course work in music recording, jazz studies, and music history. In addition, I incorporate my knowledge of development, physics, and other sciences into my instruction. I can discuss playing music with beginners to professionals as we pursue opportunities in the music industry and education to develop functional musicians with creative outlets as students are able to explore any area or level of music. Some of my students have gone onto college music programs and high school programs such as OCHSA while others are enjoying playing music with friends. The goal is to take a student's excitement for music and percussion in
a direction that will feedback into more learning and a drive to explore more styles of music.
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Evan February 24, 2017
· Drum · In home
Mariano is excellent! He is firm yet patient and professional, and gets along really well with my son.
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Emma August 17, 2015
· Percussion · In home
Mariano was an amazing percussion and drum set teacher. His lessons were engaging and productive, and he was always able to communicate an idea or musical concept in a way that I was able to understand and connect with. After about 2 years of lessons I was accepted into the Orange County School of the Arts for percussion and I owe my success to the lessons I took with Mariano. I continued lessening throughout high school and my skill level contined to grow. What I loved about Mariano's teaching was his unique ability to take very simple exercises and make them more difficult and therefore much more beneficial. Along with stressing the importance of basic technique, he would constantly inteoduce me to new things - Afro beats, traditional grip, Latin beats, new ways to sight read, and 4 mallet marimba technique. I would highly suggest taking lessons with Mariano if you are looking for a fun, encouraging teacher who has lots of experience with a variety of percussion performance!
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Javen August 17, 2015
· Drum · In home
Very very understanding and had a great way of teaching each lesson. Also, friendly and very supportive!
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Mariano L.

Mariano L.

Anaheim, CA 92805
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Jeffrey Grant teaches classical percussion along with many other percussion instruments. He has taught beginning students as young as 8 years old and is also qualified and prepared to teach much older advanced students.

Jeffrey encourages multilayered learning in which the students will be exposed to basic technique, sound production, music theory, modern application and most importantly how to have fun playing these instruments!

About Jeffrey
Jeffrey is a professional freelance musician and educator in Los Angeles, California. He has performed in the percussion sections of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (Arizona), Santa Barbara Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic and more. Jeffrey also has recording experience with the platinum certified recording American band OneRepublic at Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA. Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastern Michigan University, Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan as well as a percussion performance graduate certificate from the University of Southern California.

While not performing, Jeffrey enjoys sharing his passion of music to the next generation of musicians. He hopes that you will join him to experience all that music has to o
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Jeffrey G.

Pasadena, CA 91101
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Los Angeles, CA
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My goal as a teacher is to help you discover your own unique voice by exploring a variety of different styles and approaches. To become a great drummer, you'll need to practice, but you can learn many secrets that will make this process easier and more fun. During our lessons we will discuss concepts of drumming such as it's role, its history, and specific vocabulary essential for communicating. We will also focus on technique and exercises as well as your own personal tastes and interests.

About Trent
I have been teaching music for over a decade both privately and publicly. My degrees include a Bachelor's in Education and a Master's in Jazz Studies. I play drums, bass, guitar, piano, voice and am proficient in music production, theory, and composition. Additionally, I have professional experience in the music industry performing, touring, and recording. Recently, I finished touring with Taylor Swift on her 1989 World Tour.
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Sam January 7, 2016
· Drum · In home
I can't say enough good things about Trent as a teacher. Since I've been studying with him my skill on the kit has grown leaps and bounds!
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Miriam January 7, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Trent is an awesome instructor! His lessons are so fun that you don't even realize how much you're learning. I like that we get to work on the songs that I choose.
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Miriam January 7, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Trent is an awesome instructor! His lessons are so fun that you don't even realize how much you're learning. I like that we get to work on the songs that I choose.
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Trent B.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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About Garrett H.

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Students can expect a patient and understanding teacher with tons of knowledge of drums and drumming. I am proficient in many different genres and have a very open mind to all styles of music. Whether you are looking to learn your first beat, understand a new genre, or increase your technical proficiency, I have the tools to get you there.

About Garrett
I am a professional drummer with over 25 years of drum experience. Along with a steady career as a performer I have taught lessons to many people of varying ages, skill levels, and interests. I was was self taught until turning 18, when I began study with Berklee Alum Geant Menefee. With Grant I became proficient in many different styles, grooves, feels, and techniques. I'm a bit of a technical geek but am a feel first kind of guy.
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Garrett H.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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About Pablo A.

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I have been playing Percussion professionally and non-professionally for many years since my sophomore year in high school and am still currently studying privately under a teacher at a college level. I have experience in rhythms from latin to jazz to pop and everything in between and have experience teaching from the very young and not experienced to more advanced students.

About Pablo
Hi, my name is Pablo I am a musician and a music major at Chaffey College. I have been teaching beginners piano, bass, guitar, and percussion since 2009. I have been playing music for over 10 years now, I started taking piano lessons at 9 years old, then trumpet from the ages of 12 to 13 and percussion in high school till now. I have performed for piano recitals, voice recitals, live music, Jazz concerts, and marching band shows since the age of 9. I have extensive knowledge of music theory and many years of practice in a variety of styles of music.
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Pablo A.

Fontana, CA 92335
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Patient, creative lessons
Will work at students pace

About Arianna
Professional musician
Studied at Orange County High School of the Arts and Musicians Institute
Been playing drums since I was 13, 12 years total
Currently drummer and lyricist for actively performing band
I also teach and play bass, guitar, and Audio Engineering.
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Arianna D.

Orange, CA 92867
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$25 / 30-min

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