The amazing thing about the Antelope Valley is unspoken values shared by those that grow up here.
For the most part, we all grow up doing more with less in some way. This led me, through my involvement in the music scene, to cross paths with some of the hardest working, least pretentious people on the planet.
With my beginnings at the Antelope Valley College Commercial Music Program, fate happened to place me with a particular group that exemplified these traits. One of these individuals is Jose Rebollo.
He and I graduated together, with honors, in 2013 and since then, his career has been on a steady upward climb powered by an unstoppable work ethic.
You may be thinking due to my friendly nature with Rebollo, does the journalistic integrity of this article hold up? Will the journalism police that look like 1940s news reporters haul me away? Well, I’m not sure. However, objectively speaking, Rebollo’s resume is beginning to speak for itself and be a great example of what great programs can provide for passionate youth in the Valley.
Since 2013, he has gone on to become a freelance audio technician working for sound companies like Eighth Day Sound, 3G, Delicate Productions and Rat Sound. Artists and festivals this has allowed him to work with include the KROQ Weenie Roast and Almost Acoustic Christmas, Arroyo Seco Weekend, G-Eazy, Common, Social Distortion and the Misfits reunion shows.
Growing up in Rosamond, California, Rebollo began playing in garage bands and eventually needed to make a demo. He was the only one with a desktop computer at the time and became responsible for the recording process.
He fell in love with recording and began to follow a new path. When he attended AVC, he met two instructors that he credits with making the biggest impact on him — Jon Lacroix and Bob Carlson.
“They buried me in the fundamentals of both recording and live sound arts,” Rebollo said.
When asked about his consistent work ethic and drive, Rebollo credits much of his success to his family.
“My parents have been business owners all of my life,” he said. “Growing up and seeing how much time they put into their businesses and how much they cared about their customers, taught me the value of building relationships. They made sure we were fed. My drive to keep pushing forward comes from my girlfriend Kelsey Ledezma (which was a result of meeting Jon Lacroix). She is my future and I wouldn’t be in the industry if she hadn’t changed my mind during a tough time.”
Whether or not everyone has that foundation, a community still needs a launch pad for young people to explore their passions.
Programs like Commercial Music AVC can be seen as frivolous, but they can be the total opposite. I think Rebollo sums it up best.
“AVC provided me the skills, connections and the discipline that created a solid foundation, which has been the core of my success,” he said.