Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space

Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space is a Full Service, w/ fully equipped Rehearsal rooms and Drum room with the Industry Standard Top Gear for you to use.

Wonderful Atmosphere. Incredible sounding rooms. Barco Rebar has been catering to National, Regional, Local Bands to rehearse, write. We are just celebrating our 24th year in June 2016

Wonderful Atmosphere. Incredible sounding rooms. Barco Rebar has been catering to National, Regional, Local Bands to rehearse, write. We are just celebrating our 24th year in June 2016

General Manager: Richard Gibson

Operating as usual

I wanted to wish Bruce Smith a happy 10th anniversary working with me first as a customer and eventually becoming my fir...
01/07/2021

I wanted to wish Bruce Smith a happy 10th anniversary working with me first as a customer and eventually becoming my first assistant manager. He always has my back. And is a wonderful human being! I’m sure many of you have run into him. He wouldn’t let me take a picture of him. But I got enough of him. Bruce is a great addition to the team of Barco Rebar. This also includes Bill Naylor. Who works behind the scenes fixing and making speaker cables and repairing amplifiers and doing a lot of repair work. He primarily comes down during the afternoon and works. Bill has been working at Barco since 1998. But this is about Bruce and hitting 10 years. I’m sure you all have dealt with him maybe the first few times you rehearsed. He is also an excellent jazz drummer though I have played some Led Zeppelin with him and he can hold his arm. He is very modest about his abilities as a drummer.

Guitarist and Producer extraordinaire Tom Lyle and Brian Baker make this list.  Both Barco Rebar customers.  Both were v...
11/06/2020
These 15 punk guitarists of the ’80s set the standards for the future

Guitarist and Producer extraordinaire Tom Lyle and Brian Baker make this list. Both Barco Rebar customers. Both were very influential to me along with Nicky Garrett from the UK Subs.........as well as undoubtedly Johnny Ramone.

Welcome to Alternative Press’ list of the 15 greatest punk guitarists of the ’80s. As the timeline shifted from the ’70s into the new decade, the music changed. Punk had morphed from stripped-down, high-speed rock ’n’ roll with a nasty attitude. It was now faster and louder than the alread...

Project Mic Boom Stand:  Trying to solve all of the common problems everyone has when using a boom stand. Everywhere you...
06/27/2020

Project Mic Boom Stand: Trying to solve all of the common problems everyone has when using a boom stand. Everywhere you go to buy them and you basically get the same Chinese crappy stand that last three months before it starts stripping out when you do the booms. And we upgraded and spent some money to update All of our stands to Atlas straight stands which have been made since at least the 50s. I used to have a bunch of old ones and I should never of sold them. But they had a real clunky boom mechanism on them, as they adjusted the going in and out as well as the angle of the boom off the straight part of the stand with just one knob and when you loosen the assembly it felt like the whole thing was going to fall apart. It is funny that today that those vintage boom stands are empty going for big money. But Atlas still makes straight stands and with the boom (I have had these before, just a couple and I still have them and they still work great) but I bought all brand new ones. And they’re made in Germany and they have a reinforced amount of threads for them The Screw that tightens the boom. For some reason everyone over tightens them. And they don’t need to be over tightened at all, you just need to put just enough to hold the microphone in the same place and with these the microphone will stay in place and not spin at the end of the boom. Another common problem with the Chinese stands. We try to have the best equipment in every position and I feel we are so close. After the virus and losing so much money, but last month with everyone starting to come back and my regular bands who come 2 times a month or just onpce or those who come every once in a while, we filled up all our open slots this Friday night I filled up a lot of open slots for today (Saturday) andl you feel like practicing today I still have some great slots open. And we do sanitize the whole buildingu with a spray that is very similar if not the same as you see people with the pumps and a little sprays a fogging in the room up and spraying it over everything a fine mist and it dissipates and disappears over 10 minutes and leaves everything sterile and I wake up at 3 AM every day and go out and do that and then in each room and is soon as you walk in the door we have alcohol-based hand cleaner but we also have soap and paper towels all the way down the back of the hallway which is the best and the most economical for us and the alcohol and each room we have alcohol-based hand cleaner and we have Lysol, lemon scented and you can spray it straight into the microphone had just a couple squirts will do it. And if you want to spray the Marshall, Ampeg or Mesa Boogie knobs go right ahead and adjust and know that you’re killing 99.9% of the germs. And the PA head too. Hey Sharon we are supplying everything you need to kill the virus on anything you touch and we do require you to wear a blue mask when you come into the building or go into the common areas but when you’re in the rehearsal room I’m not going to force you to wear the mask if you’re playing with friends that you’re hanging out with watching a movie during the week. My best friend I see three times a week and when we rehearse we takeoff our masks. But really this is to announce and show pictures of Mic stands we have. It’s going beyond what we always have in the past which is used disposable stands because I know these blooms have lasted five years of years of use. I don’t know how I ended up getting them. A lot of times somebody would be selling three boom stands for $30 and I’d go out and buy them. But no longer. We are only going to use the best. I am for those who have been playing music for a long time know that Atlas stands are what everybody used in the 60s and the 70s,,,,,,, and still today. And Barco starts this month in the next couple days finishing our 28th year of doing business. If I stuck with those atlas stands I had Wayback when I probably would still have them today. We have managed to make it 28 years and the reason we started this rehearsal space was for my band. Not for anyone else’s. But people would want to come and see what my new band was up to and then they realize that this is a pretty nice place to practice and they asked if they could practice there too. And I realize we had the room and then it was just a matter of figuring out how to break up the time slots so it works for everybody. It only took six months to fill up the room we were using and then one became available down the hall and we rented that and we have that one for and for the majority of 28 years we have always been close to being full except I make sure we always have extra time available for Our regular vans that only show up once every three months. Just because they don’t practice every week doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate them just as much as a weekly band. If that bands who comes in once every three months calls me after a half an hour and says mesa boogie head stopped working and I was smoking for a bit and it smelled really bad. I live 10 minutes away and I always have a back up Mesa in our storage closet, ready to go service. I’ll be there in 10 minutes and be coming into the room with a replacement Mesa Boogie head. It’s taking a long time to buy Ampeg SVT heads And then spend the money to have a back up Ampeg SVT head. We spend much of our profits trying to make our plays the best players available and we often take perfectly good working hands out of service and send them to our repairman to go through them and give them a oil change and tuneup. On the head that we put in service is the same exact model. Most of you don’t even notice. But then, you’re not supposed to. Our goal is that nothing ever blows up during your practice. But I just got tired of dealing with crappy microphone stands and I’m sure all of you as my customers have too. The only thing I ask is don’t over tighten the Mic boom stands and don’t over tighten the cymbal stands. Thank you for being part of the 28 years we have been in business. I wish I could remember everyone’s names. But I never expected to have been doing a rehearsal space as one of my jobs for 28 years. But I love doing it today as much as I did way back long ago and I still love to be able to go in rehearse as loud as I want. And within two months we will have another location open with two rehearsal rooms. Location: Walking distance. 

05/07/2020

Hey, Just to let you all know. We are open. we are very Sterile. A band member from a regular weekly band asked me if I wanted two 5 gallon containers of a sterilizer and the spray/mist pump (honestly it looks exactly like the container with a pump I used for spraying weed killer or fertilizer) but when I spray it everywhere in Barco, it is used for killing everything it touches. Smells a bit for 10 minutes, so I do it late at night (I go to bed at 4am) (I wear a Mask and Gloves and goggles as i spray it it the vents, high on the walls. I hit everything. We also have alcohol based hand cleaner as soon as you enter. But soap from our bathroom is supposed to work better. In each room, we have lemon scented Lysol spray which your can spray on the heads of Microphones, the knobs of any amp. Places you touch on the drums. Just don't drench anything. You don't need too. People have been coming in. Sometimes just 2 band members. Any band more then 6 people in the back room and it gets close to hard to keep 6 feet from everyone. I have had 4 piece bands be active each week. But I know it isn't just you. It could be your Parents, who are older. And myself I have 2 things that make me at a higher risk (Auto Immune system disorder, Neurological disorder) I completely understand the risk of you who are living with or taking care of your parents or a relative. I took care of my mom for 6 years and she passed last fall. She lived 4-5 years longer then she was told, but it allowed her to see her beloved, and my team too, The Cubs win the World Series, for the first time in 107 years. My Mom was tough. But I am glad my parents don't have to go through what your parents are going through, and other relatives.

Practicing right now is a hard call on many of you. I have talked to many people and they are writing new songs. Or learning new songs, or trying out new members.

Things are starting to get more active. I am trying to provide everything people can use. I have some more medical masks on order. You should bring your own if you have them. I had a box of 100 and they went pretty quick. Not easy to get, but my friend works at a doctors office and ordered some for me within the order for their doctors office. If you have any questions give me a call.

Richard 703-508-7782

MFD live somewhere Dave Rapavi and Richard Gibson
04/17/2020

MFD live somewhere Dave Rapavi and Richard Gibson

01/18/2020
Curly's Grandson JAM SESSION Monster Madhouse

Some how I stumbled across this. And it was a fun day when I met Curly’s Grandson from the Three Stooges and he can put on the face and look just like him as I have a couple pictures he took with me. And he is really funny and a pretty good drummer and they came out and they filmed some things for the long running cable show Monster Madhouse with Jerry Moore at my business. Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space. Funny little video they made. Check it out... https://youtu.be/Uw8lMI1WxcY

Curly G joins us for a Jam session and some zany stuff in the studio, as we host the 3 stooges short "DISORDER in the COURT" !

Clint Simmons touring with Live passing through DC and Stopping at Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space Monday. Very Cool guy and...
09/03/2019

Clint Simmons touring with Live passing through DC and Stopping at Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space Monday. Very Cool guy and phenomenal drummer.

08/13/2019
Freak Train Music Video

Somehow I missed this great song by my friend Vance Bockis (rip my brother) and his great band Freak Train done at Barco Rebar before we remodeled the space

https://vimeo.com/9519466

This was shot at the Barco Rebar rehearsal space. Vance Bockis, vocals George Dively, guitar Matt McMullen, drums Mark McMullen, bass

A picture I snapped when I worked for this band for a year+.  One guy in the band rehearsed at Barco Rebar for two days.
05/02/2019

A picture I snapped when I worked for this band for a year+. One guy in the band rehearsed at Barco Rebar for two days.

Hello to all Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space likers.  We just hit 600 page likes Facebook tells me and I want to thank all y...
04/11/2019

Hello to all Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space likers. We just hit 600 page likes Facebook tells me and I want to thank all you people who have used our place from when it sucked 25 years or so ago to wear all gear absolutely destroy the 9:30 Club and there sound system.....

Here is a Picture of my old DC Punk Band from the 80's doing a 2011 tour of the UK. Here we are in Brighton with our sweaty singer Dave Rapavi wearing our first album T-shirt.

One of the fun things about running Barco Rebar Rehearsal Studios is meeting big artists like the Foo Fighters but meeti...
02/18/2019

One of the fun things about running Barco Rebar Rehearsal Studios is meeting big artists like the Foo Fighters but meeting Curly’s Grandson from the 3 Stooges and he is a very good drummer. Doing some local appearance and filming at our studio for a Video. Super nice guy. Meeting him made my day being a huge Three Stooges fan. I even found a long time ago a promo picture of Larry, Moe and Curly autographed.

Working at my office, learning some programs that I have yet to learn and need to master.  I decided to take a couple of...
10/23/2018

Working at my office, learning some programs that I have yet to learn and need to master. I decided to take a couple of pictures of what’s on the walls. I’m still not done decorating my office no I did get a nice couch in. So I can lie down for a few hours in between waiting for Bands. Luckily we are always full most of the time and I don’t have to sit around too much and wait

Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space
05/17/2017

Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space

01/31/2017

Many people are unaware that we are able to go 24 hours per day 7 days a week. Foot thick walls and sound insulation on the room with all the equipment you could ever need. We also just purchased an 88 weighted keys keyboard for rent if you need a keyboard of that size and quality. The rental price is very cheap at $25 per session (regardless of how many hours this session is). We also have basically every other piece of gear available for rent as well including cymbals to guitars and basses. Good quality gear, no joke ever.

Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space's cover photo
01/31/2017

Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space's cover photo

Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space
01/07/2017

Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space

Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space's cover photo
01/07/2017

Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space's cover photo

Some Local Band at the time who spent 2-3 months writing a new record at Barco.  Guess the year?
05/03/2016

Some Local Band at the time who spent 2-3 months writing a new record at Barco. Guess the year?

We have new paint, brand-new floors with five coats of wax, new carpet, new ceiling tiles and we still have the best gea...
03/11/2016

We have new paint, brand-new floors with five coats of wax, new carpet, new ceiling tiles and we still have the best gear anywhere

For many people who do not know what I do.   I try to call myself musician.   But I really am horrible.   But I do run a...
10/27/2015
Barco Rebar - Rehearsal Studio Space in the City of Falls Church, Virginia

For many people who do not know what I do. I try to call myself musician. But I really am horrible. But I do run a kick ass rehearsal space for bands from their first rehearsal to great bands like Scream and the Foo Fighters. Www.barcorebar.com 703-508-7782. We supply all the gear, all of it being top notch too. Being right in the heart of Falls Church VA makes us about 20 minutes from everyone in the Washington DC metro area. We are a few blocks from the State Theatre and the best guitar store in DC, Action Music www.actionguitar.com You just need to bring your guitars and cymbals (we can provide if you need them). I have never used facebook to push our business. But we are a bit slow. Book 3 hours and you can get us @ $20/hour. We specialize in having bands pick out their own day, time slot, and room each week. Our big special no one else does is for a flat monthly fee, make up and extra time, is ALWAYS free. Open time slots are taken first come first served. So if you are a new band. You could get 2 or 3 rehearsals a week very easily if you are flexible for the price of one

Barco Rebar is the best rehearsal space in Northern Virginia, where some of NOVAs finest bands and musicians practice.

This is a 1965 Mosrite Joe Maphis Model I. What is interesting about these is that they are the predecessor of the Mosri...
07/16/2015

This is a 1965 Mosrite Joe Maphis Model I. What is interesting about these is that they are the predecessor of the Mosrite Ventures Model made famous by Johnny Ramone. This one is very rare because of the see through black finish, which I have never seen before. Though a friend tells me the guitar player of The Cure has one. Anyone have his number? :) This model guitar was my first real guitar and used on my first record. The pick ups sound very similar to hot P-90's (for you guitar geeks) Iti also has a hand carved spruce top and is semi hollow and weighs 8.5 lbs which is a pretty light/medium weighted guitar that balances well. I love it.

This is a 1965 Mosrite Joe Maphis Model I. What is interesting about these is that they are the predecessor of the Mosrite Ventures Model made famous by Johnny Ramone. This one is very rare because of the see through black finish, which I have never seen before. Though a friend tells me the guitar player of The Cure has one. Anyone have his number? :) This model guitar was my first real guitar and used on my first record. The pick ups sound very similar to hot P-90's (for you guitar geeks) Iti also has a hand carved spruce top and is semi hollow and weighs 8.5 lbs which is a pretty light/medium weighted guitar that balances well. I love it.

Newly found toy. 1962 National Valpro 3 pickup (one pickup is under the wooden bridge).  Best of all it has 7 knobs.  To...
04/13/2015

Newly found toy. 1962 National Valpro 3 pickup (one pickup is under the wooden bridge). Best of all it has 7 knobs. Too cool!!!!

Making some noise at rehearsal.......
02/20/2015

Making some noise at rehearsal.......

I am very proud to announce that Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space now Endorses Evans EC-2 Drumheads on al our Yamaha Drum Set...
12/08/2014
Evans Drumheads : EC2S Frosted

I am very proud to announce that Barco Rebar Rehearsal Space now Endorses Evans EC-2 Drumheads on al our Yamaha Drum Sets. We all use only Drum Workshop (DW) drum hardware on all our drums. Only the best!!! http://www.evansdrumheads.com/EvProductDetail.Page?ActiveID=3567&productid=442

Evans Drumheads is a world leading manufacturer of snare drum heads, tom heads, floor tom heads, bass drum heads, timpani heads, conga heads, bongo heads, timbale heads, marching tenor heads, drum keys, bass drum and tom dampers, and sound control rings. The Evans Drumheads website makes all of thes…

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146 Hillwood Ave
Falls Church, VA
22046

East Falls Church Metro (orange line) is approxamtely 1 mile away.

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Marshall JCM900 100 Watt Dual Reverb Heads with Marshall 4x12 Cabinet Mesa Boogie .50 Calibre Head and Marshall 4x12 Cab Ampeg SVT Bass Heads and 8x10 Cabs Yamaha Recording Custom Drums, Yamaha or DW Stands (including kick/hihat) (drummers need to bring Cymbals, Hi-Hat clutch, Sticks and drum Key) Peavey 1200 watt 8 channel head with Digital effects 4 EV or Yamaha Floor Monitors in each room. SHure SM58 Mics and stands provided

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Great facility at a reasonable rate; everything you need is supplied, including drums, amps, and PA; check it out soon!