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.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Big News!

Rock U drum instructor Matt Upton will be offering Computer Repair Services at the Rock U studio! Give Matt a call at 273-3720 and schedule your appointment!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

August Update


First, we are welcoming Matt Upton aboard as our new drum instructor! Garet did an excellent job, and he'll be missed, but he has many other commitments, most importantly his little girl Avery. Never fear, though, Matt is an excellent musician and will be an excellent instructor. He will be starting in September, but feel free to contact us today and book your lessons.

Second, we will have several students performing at SooeyFest again this year. This time, we hope to have some of them performing songs together as bands! Look out!

Last, but certainly not least, we have a special offer for NEW students. If you sign up for guitar, bass, harmonica, vocal, or keyboard lessons from September through December, we will GIVE you a free instrument! (Restrictions apply; see us for details; maximum $120 value). Acoustic or electric guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, stage or studio microphone, electronic keyboard. What more incentive do you need?!?!?

Friday, July 28, 2017

July Update

July is almost over! Heat waves, brown grass appearing in yards, and getting ready for school. While you're thinking about new clothes, backpacks, and supplies, be sure to remember your student's musical growth too. Private instruction from Rock U will help your student develop into a better musician in less time. Contact us today!