Thursday, May 31, 2018

Recording at Rock U/Draven Studios

Marty just completed another session with the Eagles Wings quartet, successfully passing the halfway mark on completing their first CD recorded at Rock U/Draven Studio. Wait until you hear it! The guys sound incredible!

CrossBorn, Marty's band, is also in the recording process at Rock U/Draven. The band released their first single recorded here recently. "Disconnected" is a rocker, for sure! The band is working on recording an entire album of original Christian rock, and the initial results are awesome!

So, are you in a band? Are you a singer/songwriter? Are you looking for a cool place to record in Central Illinois at a very reasonable rate yet have professional results? Contact Rock U/Draven today! Between Marty and Bo's combined skills, equipment, and location, you're sure to be very pleased with your production.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Summer Rock Band Camp!!!!!!!

Hey Tuscola peeps! And peeps from areas near Tuscola! We’re hosting a ROCK BAND SUMMER CAMP!

July 9-13, from 1-4pm at our Tuscola location, upstairs at The Vault Art Gallery. Enrollment will be limited to 15 musicians total: three vocalists, three bassists, three drummers, and six guitarists. Other instruments such as keyboards or sax will be considered as well. Two years of instrumental experience is strongly suggested as basic competence on the instrument is necessary to perform in a band.

Contact Marty via FB message, text 217-273-2547, or email for more information.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Late April Update

We now have our merch store up and running! Check it out!

Bo Hardiek and I are preparing our combined Rock U and Draven Studios to take over the world! Excellent sound quality, a cool location, and fun people to work with . . . what else could a recording client ask for?

April has been a big month for our DJ service. We've performed at the Neoga PTO Galaxy Bingo, Stew-Stras Prom, Shelbyville Prom, and are scheduled to do Brownstown Post Prom, a Sweet 16 Birthday Party, and a Graduation Party among other events. Busy Busy! Just the way we like it!

May 5 will be our Bluegrass Jam at The Vault Grand Reopening in Tuscola. Be sure to come see us. Bring your guitar, or fiddle, or banjo, or mandolin, or bass, or dobro, or whatever. It'll be a fun afternoon. The jam will be from 2-5 pm.

Denny Ellis and I have been rocking a Beginning Group Guitar Course this month. Are you signed up? Maybe you're ready for private lessons? We have the space, the gear, and the instructors just waiting for you!

Friday, March 30, 2018

April Update

I have updated the website to include pictures and bios for several new instructors! Check them out!

The recording studio collaboration with Bo Hardiek and Draven Studios is in progress, and we're VERY excited to offer this new service.

Let's see . . . what else? Well, it's Prom season, so our DJ service is very busy. If you'd like to book us for graduation parties, please do so ASAP. Dates will fill fast.

Rock U Tuscola is gaining momentum. Be on the lookout for upcoming events, which may include a bluegrass jam night, a blues jam night, and maybe even a summer rock camp for teens!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March Update

Well, it's been a busy Winter with many challenges. The weather has been nasty, and I've been down sick several times, once for a couple of weeks with a bad case of pneumonia. These challenges have me a bit behind schedule, but never fear, I'm catching up.

Rock U Tuscola is open for business, and we have our first students regularly attending guitar lessons. The Grand Opening scheduled for February 10 was canceled due to icy roads, but I'll be rescheduling it soon. Be on the lookout for updates.

I have some new folks working with me at Tuscola and will be updating the website in the next few days to include their pictures and bio information. Denny Ellis, Nathan Carman, and James Calderon are excellent additions to our team! Denny will be offering Beginning Guitar small group classes, as well as hosting some upcoming Songwriter Nights. Nathan is a highly skilled jazz musician offering instruction on a variety of instruments. James will be with us through mid-summer teaching violin/fiddle.

There's also some new blood at the Neoga studio. Jared Cole is taking on guitar students now since my schedule is over-full. He's an excellent player and cool cat! Bo Hardiek of Draven Studios has agreed to combine forces with us here to improve our recording studio offerings. Bo is an EXCELLENT recording engineer, guitarist, and all-around good dude. He brings upgraded equipment, as well as his expertise, to the Rock U establishment. Watch for a new page for Draven Studios on this website in the near future.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

It's Been a While . . .

I've been so busy . . . pulled in so many different directions . . . mostly of my own doing . . . that I've fallen behind on updating this site. Never fear, I'm back! :)

We've made it through the holidays, and now it's time to get productive! A new "semester" is starting at Rock U, and we'd love to help people learn to use those musical instruments that Santa brought! Shoot us an email or give us a call to get enrolled!

Rock U welcomes Mr. Keaton Shumard to the staff! Chris Tutza has graduated from EIU, and Keaton has taken his place as our trumpet instructor. We're happy to have another EIU Music Major on staff.

Two big news items from December. First, the Rock U Recording Studio is now officially open for business! The Eagles Wings quartet is our first client, and after recording one song, they are completely pumped! Discussions of recording up to three albums' worth of material is already underway. If you would like to do some recording, contact us as soon as possible. With the crazy schedule around here, recording slots are limited.

And last, but certainly not least, we are opening a second Rock U location in Tuscola on February 1. The Vault Art Gallery is located downtown Tuscola in a former bank building. Rock U will be on the second floor, in the southwest corner. As students enroll, we plan to expand into more open rooms. Mark your calendars for our Grand Opening Event on February 10 from 3-5 pm. There will be an art showing, a CrossBorn concert, demos from some of our instructors, and maybe even some giveaways!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Open House

Tuesday October 24, 6-8 pm. Come see our facilities, meet our instructors, and enter to win some fabulous prizes. Light refreshments will be served.