For any members of the Univeristy community, staff or students, looking to start a band, or looking for space to rehearse, look no further: The Garage is a moden band practice space, located at The Warren on Vanbrugh Way, equipped with an expanded drum-kit, guitar and bass amps, PA system, mics and an electric piano, the space is used by groups looking for space to jam or for established bands to rehearse before gigs.
Join Vanbrugh Rocks: As a member you'll get access to our facilities (The Garage, Recording Studio and Instrument Lending Library) advice and information from our Rock Tutor and Music Staff, and invitations to our music events, workshops and gigs.
To Book: Please email the Garage Bookings email address: firstname.lastname@example.org to book your session. This email address is monitored part-time so we advise giving at least 48 hours notice before the booking, but if you want to try to get a last minute booking, you are welcome to try to contact us.
The space was first established as a practice space for Vanbrugh bands, by Dr David Efird (Vanbrugh Provost -2013) when, in 2008, he purchased a drum kit and allowed students to use the garage at his house to practice. A few years down the road, and with the help of the Alumni Fund and the then Vice-Chancellor, Brian Cantor, who all contributed towards costs, Vanbrugh has its own fully functioning practice space. In 2012 we added the facility of a recording studio and in 2013 we installed a ventilation system to keep our active musicians cool.
The College gives thanks to David Efird, Steven Burton, Edd Caine, Georgina Heath, Will Bennett and Luke Sarjant for all their hard work in helping to create this space.
We are looking for people to take over the following jobs:
Do you have experience of using a recording studio and want to become one of the Garage Recording Studio Technicians? If so, email Steven Burton (email@example.com)
Due to mistreatment of the space, and despite holding out against this for many years, we have now had to install CCTV in The Garage. This will not record audio and records for up to 30 days, with the images viewed only by the Assistant Head of College unless action is required by Security or the police.
The Instrument Lending Library, in The Warren Music Office (first floor) now includes two drum kits. Borrow items for practice or recording sessions, gigs or for long-term private practice.
Booking The Garage
No equipment may be removed from The Garage, however, the Vanbrugh Instrument Lending Library has equipment to borrow or hire for gigs or practicing.
All donations are gratefully received. If you wish to add an item to our inventory, please contact the Assistant Head of Vanbrugh College, firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Practice Spaces
Join the Music Society and get access to practice rooms in Derwent.